Hertfordshire is a county in England with a rich and varied history, offering plenty of attractions for visitors and locals alike. It was once part of a short-lived kingdom that collapsed in the 9th century, ceding the territory to the control of the West Anglians of Mercia. The area is well connected to highways and railways, making it easy to access London, the Midlands and the north. The county is home to two “garden cities”, Welwyn and Letchworth, as well as a range of properties from large classic Georgian houses to contemporary style apartments.
Reports have also shown that one of the most expensive places to live in Hertfordshire is Bayford (£1,365.66), while areas like Stevenage offer one of the cheapest areas to live in Hertfordshire (£292.33). The average selling price of a property in Hertfordshire is £469,675, however, property prices have been shown to vary considerably across the county. Hertfordshire offers a host of different services for residents and visitors alike, including great country walks, historic sites, studio visits and much more. Visit the cathedral city of St Albans and explore not only the famous cathedral but also its beautiful medieval architecture and the city's Roman past. Hertfordshire is also known for being the location of Jack Worthing's country house in Oscar Wilde's play The Importance of Being Ernest. The boundaries of the county were roughly fixed by the Counties (Separate Parts) Act of 1844, which eliminated exclaves; they were modified when, in 1965, under the London Government Act of 1963, the urban districts of East Barnet and Barnet were abolished, their area was transferred to form part of the current London Borough of Barnet and the Potters Bar urban district of Middlesex was transferred to Hertfordshire. This table shows trends in Hertfordshire's regional gross value added at current basic prices with figures in millions of pounds sterling.