Making History Every Day

02Mar14

History is being made here in Hertfordshire. This county has a rich history. There’s evidence of humans living here from the Stone Age. The first tribes settled in the Iron Age.

In AD 54, the Romans besieged the town of Wheathampstead.

In 293 the first British martyrdom took place at what we now call St. Albans.

In the 5th century, we were invaded and colonised by the Anglo-Saxons.

In the 10th century the region became an English shire.

In the year 1011, the name Hertfordshire is first recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

A century later the victorious William of Normandy accepted the surrender at Berkhamsted and got a new title, William the Conqueror.

In the 12th century Norman castles were built at Bishop’s Stortford, and King’s Langley.

In 1490, the Lytton family set up home at Old Knebworth.

In 1845 that home was transformed into the Tudor Gothic structure we know now as Knebworth House.

In 1974, the first major open air rock concert  was held in the grounds. Since then, the list of names that have played Knebworth reads like a Who’s Who of rock n roll: The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Queen, Paul McCartney, Genesis, Mike Oldfield, The Beach Boys, Deep Purple, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Dire Straits, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Oasis.

Also in the grounds, in the old pump house which provided water for the house, JACK fm plays hits by those artists and many more, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Craic on!

Listen to the latest Mack Nuggets at http://www.mackmedia.co.uk

 

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