In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Hatfield like this:
Hatfield (or Bishops Hatfield), market town and par. with ry. sta., on river Lea, in co. and 6 miles SW. of Hertford - par., 12,884 ac., pop. 4059; P.O., T.O., 1 Bank. Market-day, Thursday; in the vicinity is Hatfield House, the seat of the Marquis of Salisbury.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Hatfield has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Welwyn Hatfield. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Hatfield and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hatfield, in Welwyn Hatfield and Hertfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 21st May 2013
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