Hertfordshire ( (listen); often abbreviated Herts) is one of the home counties in England. It is bordered by Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire to the north, Essex to the east, Greater London to the south, and Buckinghamshire to the west. For government statistical purposes, it is placed in the East of England region.
In 2013, the county had a population of 1,140,700 in an area of 634 square miles (1,640 km2). The four towns that have between 50,000 and 100,000 residents are Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage, Watford and St Albans. Hertford, once the main market town for the medieval agricultural county, derives its name from a hart (stag) and a ford, used as the components of the county's coat of arms and flag. Elevations are high for the region in the north and west. These reach over 800 feet (240 m) in the western projection around Tring which is in the Chilterns. The county's borders are approximately the watersheds of the Colne and Lea; both flowing to the south; each accompanied by a canal. Hertfordshire's undeveloped land is mainly agricultural and much is protected by green belt.
|Alesha Anjanette Dixon (born 7 October 1978) is a British pop/R&B singer-songwriter, dancer, model and television personality. She first found fame in the all-female R&B trio Mis-Teeq, however, she is now a solo artist. Mis-Teeq separated in 2005 and Dixon, signed to Polydor, began recording her debut solo album, Fired Up, but due to poor record sales of her first single she was dropped from Polydor. Subsequently, Fired Up was not released in most territories, including her native United Kingdom.
In 2007 Dixon became a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing and eventually won. Her television exposure led to a successful comeback, which included her signing to Asylum Records, an offshoot of Warner Music Group. Dixon released a second album, under Asylum Records, entitled The Alesha Show, in 2008. In September 2009 Dixon became a judge on Strictly Come Dancing, replacing Arlene Phillips. The replacement of Phillips by Dixon gained criticism, as some questioned the extent of Dixon's dancing knowledge. Dixon herself dismissed the criticism, describing it as a "storm in a teacup", and refused to stand down as judge.
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|Watford Football Club are an association football team based in south west Hertfordshire, at a stadium called Vicarage Road. The club has a tradition of allowing its fans to vote for their Player of the Season, which dates back to Elton John's first involvement with the club in 1973. As of 2012 thirty different players have won the award, including David James, Robert Page, John McClelland, Heiðar Helguson and Marlon King, who have had international careers with England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Iceland and Jamaica respectively. Other notable winners include Tony Coton, the only player ever to have won the award three times, Nigel Gibbs, who spent the entirety of his twenty year professional career at Watford, and Les Taylor, who captained the club in the 1984 FA Cup Final.
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.Read more...