The Commuter Town Of Broxbourne

Published: 23rd May 2011
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Having a population of over 13,000 people according to the census in 2001, Broxbourne is a commuter town part of the Broxbourne borough of Hertfordshire, located in the eastern side of England, north of Wormleym south of Hoddesdon and north-north east of Charing Cross in London. Broxbourne borders Essex and it is close to the M25 motorway, at about four and a half miles in the north. The National Nature Reserve Broxbourne Woods is an important part of the city, and it is located in the west. River Lea is close by, thus boosting the travelling and transportation means of the residents.

There are many reasons why one should visit Broxbourne, one of them being the fact that the commuter town is being passed by the Prime Meridian. Considering its beautiful history that places it back in the 16th century when it was filled with public houses and inns and which are still present today on High Street, Broxbourne seems to date back even further. The Domesday Books talks about the town of Broxbourne as “The Manor of Broxbourne,” and it also mentions Broxbourne Mill. The manor is said to have been held by the Knights Hospitallers, being offered by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Nevertheless, the land was in the possession of these knights until the Dissolution, and then it became property of John Cock. Cock Lane has been named after him.

Broxbourne used to be a civil parish in the Ware Rural District between 1894 and 1935, when the eastern end of the parish which was more heavily populated was linked with the Hoddesdon Urban District, while the rural portion in the west stayed in Ware Rural District.

One of the most imposing buildings that date back a long time ago in Broxbourne is the parish church of St Augustine, which was rebuilt from scratch in the 15th century. There is an impressive 12th century Purbeck marble font still present there, and the numerous monuments or brasses such as the three stage tower featuring a belfry with 8 bells make the construction extremely important for historians.

The centre of Broxborough is crossed by the New River, which is artificial waterway opened in 1613 in order to supply London with fresh drinking water taken from the River Lea and from Amwell Springs.

Broxborough is renowned for Waltham Cross, which hosts the world's largest printing plant responsible for producing publications for News International such as the News of the World, The Sun or The Times.

Also, another event that is worth mentioning about the commuter town of Broxborough is the fact that Spitalbrock was chosen as the venue for whitewater canoe and kayak slalom events, as part of the London 2012 Summer Olympics. Spitalbrook is the tributary brook of the River Lea, rising in the wooded hills between White Stubbs Lane and Brickendon.

Broxbourne features a railway station that was built in 1840, so it has all that it takes to be recommended as a great place to move in, or spend a wonderful summer in.

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