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Hitchin is one of the four towns of North Hertfordshire and the one with the longest continuous occupation, which began in the fourth century AD. It contains the communities of Hitchin and Charlton.

Market Place seen from the tower of St Mary’s Church

History links

Hitchin’s community is well-served by local groups. Hitchin Historical Society has been researching to town’s past since 1977 and regularly publishes books and pamphlets dealing with aspects of its history.
Hitchin BID’s website has information about the town today and links to local businesses.

Domesday Book

Hitchin’s entries in Domesday Book. The second entry is for Charlton.

Further reading

Beresford-Webb, C A 1969 The Biggin. Offley: Putteridge Bury College of Education
Friel, I The Hicce: an Anglo-Saxon tribe of the Hitchin area. Herts Past 13, 2-18
Fitzpatrick-Matthews, K J 2007 The archaeology of Hitchin since the Norman conquest. Hitchin Journal
Fitzpatrick-Matthews, K J and Fitzpatrick-Matthews, T 2007 The Archaeology of Hitchin from Prehistory to the Present. Letchworth Garden City: North Hertfordshire District Council and Hitchin: Hitchin Historical Society
Hine, R L 1927-9 The History of Hitchin. London: George Allen & Unwin
Ransom, W 1886 British and Roman Remains Found in the Neighbourhood of Hitchin. Transactions of the Hertfordshire Natural History Society 4, 39-48
Westell, W P 1931b Romano-British objects from Foxholes, near Hitchin, North Hertfordshire. East Herts Archaeol Soc Trans 8 (1928-9), 22-25