In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Hitchin like this:
Hitchin.-- market town and par. with ry. sta., Herts, on river Hiz, 32 miles N. of London--par., 6420c., pop. 9070; town, pop. 8434; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks, 3 newspapers. Market-day, Tuesday. Hitchen is a large and ancient town, pleasantly situated in a fertile valley; it is well built, and consists for the most part of spacious streets. The principal object of interest is St Mary's Church. The town has trade in corn, flour, and malt; there are several large malting-houses and a brewery. Straw-plaiting is a prominent industry, also the growing of lavender; in vicinity of town is the seat of Hitchin Priory.
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 Hitchin has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of North Hertfordshire. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Hitchin and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hitchin in North Hertfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 07th December 2013
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