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Hemel Hempstead
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St. Mary's church and Gadebridge park Hemel Hempstead is one of Hertfordshire's "new towns", situated a few miles north west of where the M25 and M1 cross. The new town is also well known for its "Magic Roundabout" which allows traffic to go around the roundabout in both directions!

Like Stevenage, this new town developed around a charming old town that still exists today. A Roman Villa use to be situated in Gadebridge Park, near Picotts End in the north west of the town. Elsewhere there are Tudor and Georgian cottages.

The River Gade runs through Hemel Hempstead and joins the Grand Union Canal on the south side of the town. The River Bulbourne also flows into Hemel and joins with the River Gade and the Grand Union Canal.

For shopping, the Marlowes Shopping Centre is near to the town centre, as is Jarman Park, a retail and leisure complex that includes cinema, bowling alley and one of two dry-ski slopes in Hertfordshire. The other dry ski-slope is in Welwyn Garden City. There is an antiques market on a Wednesday and general market on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Hemel Hempstead has one of Hertfordshire's largest industrial and business areas. Kodak have their European headquarters in the town centre, while hundreds of companies are based in Maylands Industrial Estate, including the headquarters for Dixons and Freeserve.

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Berkhamsted (6.8 km)
St Albans (9 km)
Harpenden (10.5 km)
Chesham (10.9 km)
Chorleywood (11.5 km)
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Hammerfield (0.6 km)
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Adeyfield (1.5 km)
Bennetts End (1.8 km)
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