Hemel Hempstead Old Town

Hemel Hempstead Old Town is a much-loved local area full of historic character and charm, with many listed buildings set within a conservation area.

It is close to Gadebridge Park and, with St Mary’s Church as a centrepiece, is an attractive place for people to enjoy.

As part of a flagship project for the borough, a range of improvements to the Old Town were completed in spring 2014 to help it achieve its full economic potential and attract more visitors to experience the charm of Hemel Hempstead’s historic centre. 

Old Town regeneration

Hemel Old Town

The improvements include a new one-way system, more on-street parking and physical improvements that highlight the Old Town as a conservation area. A new events space has also been created and an evening taxi rank has been introduced to support the already busy night-time economy. Further improvements will bring new life to the Old Town Hall and The Bury.

The overall visual appearance of the Old Town has been enhanced to reflect its historic character and we have delivered new paving, street furniture, landscaping and improved signage.

Bespoke new gates have also been installed at the entrance to the High Street at Queensway, along with new lampposts and bollards in a conservation design. There is also new lighting, including up-lighting outside the Old Town and additional lanterns at each end of the High Street and in St Mary's Close car park.

In keeping with the character of the Old Town, the pavements and bays have been resurfaced in Moselden Yorkstone and granite setts. Works have also been completed in the Old Town Hall to improve the space and reopen The Cellar Club, to make it an even more attractive venue for a variety of cultural events. 

Further information

  • For more information about what's on offer for visitors, please visit our Old Town page.
  • For general information about the Old Town improvements, please contact the Hemel Evolution team on 01442 228000 or email hemelevolution@dacorum.gov.uk
  • For information on Old Town events, please contact the Town Centre team on 01442 228000 or email towncentre@dacorum.gov.uk.