), commonly abbreviated as Herts
, is a ceremonial
and non-metropolitan county
in the East
region of England
. It is the 14th most populous
ceremonial county in England, home to over one million people. Hertfordshire is one of the Home Counties
and lies inland, bordered by Greater London
(the unitary authorities of Luton
and Central Bedfordshire
. Hertfordshire's county town is Hertford
, with several other population centres including St Albans
, the only city, and Watford
, the county's most populous settlement. Despite a population density
of 656 people per km2
(compared to the UK average of 255 people per km2
), more than two thirds of the county is classified as rural.
Victoria Caroline Beckham (née Adams; born 17 April 1974) is an English fashion designer, businesswoman and former singer. Raised in Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire, Beckham rose to fame in the late 1990s with the all-female pop group Spice Girls, and was dubbed Posh Spice by the July 1996 issue of the British pop music magazine Top of the Pops. She married professional footballer David Beckham in 1999, and in the same year the couple purchased what is now known as Beckingham Palace, located in Sawbridgeworth. Since the Spice Girls split, she has had a solo pop music career, scoring four UK Top 10 singles. Her first single to be released, "Out of Your Mind", reached Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart and is her highest chart entry to date. During her solo career, she has been signed to Virgin Records and Telstar Records.
London Country North East was a bus operator in South East England and London. It was formed from the split of London Country Bus Services in 1986 and operated a fleet of around 350 buses from six garages. Despite the name suggesting otherwise, Hertfordshire was integral to the company's operations; it was headquartered in Hatfield, had garages in Hatfield, Hertford, Stevenage and St Albans, and operated bus routes across Hertfordshire, including the relatively urban western part of the county.
The company was formed in 1986 as a publicly owned company, as one of 72 subsidiaries of National Bus Company. It retained much of the stock previously used on its routes, including Leyland Atlanteans (pictured). London Country Bus Services was the last subsidiary to be privatised, being sold to AJS Group in April 1988. Later in the same year it was split into County Bus & Coach and Sovereign Bus & Coach. Its former operations are now provided by Arriva East Herts & Essex and Uno.
This map depicts the locations of the major settlements within Hertfordshire. The line surrounding the lighter area shows the county's boundaries. The inner lines show the boundaries of the county's ten areas of local government. Grey areas depict areas of urban development.
According to the United Kingdom Census 2001
, thirty settlements in Hertfordshire had a population of at least 5,000. These include Hertford
, the county town, Watford
, the most populous settlement, and St Alban's
, the only city. Three settlements with populations of over 10,000 have been omitted from this map; Bushey
, Croxley Green
and Abbots Langley
are situated to the immediate south, west and north of Watford respectively.