Hemel Old Town was obviously the root of the town that is hemel Hempstead and for many years was arguably the "prettiest" part, but in recent times, there has been a massive regeneration program that has taken Hemel Hempstead from being a dull and washed out town centre, to being quite cosmopolitan with outdoor cafes and modern company retail investment.
There is definitely a more up-beat cleaner feel as you walk through Hemel Hempstead town centre towards the new Riverside area, and the town is quietly developing further area's of interest such as the recently converted Kodak Building which is now a prestige apartment block.
Old Town hemel Hempstead, featuring local businesses, Restaurants and pubs
The Marlows indoor shopping centre
Bank Court in Hemel Hempstead
Looking south from Hemel town centre
Riverside, Hemel Hempstead
Walking inside the Riverside Mall
View of Debenhams from the KD tower
The name 'hemel Hempstead' was originally Henamsted or Hean-Hempsted, i.e. High Hempstead, in Anglo-Saxon times and in William the Conqueror's time by the name of Hemel-Amstede. Today, Hemel Hempstead is affectionately know as "hemel"
Hemel Hempstead is famous for its "Magic Roundabout," so called because motorists can travel clockwise or anti-clockwise around it. This is achieved by 6 mini conventional roundabouts surrounding a large, central reservation.
View of the Magic Roundabout taken from the bridge that links the Riverside to the KD tower (formally The Kodak Building) Note that the 6 mini roundabouts (1 pictured) are conventional with traffic having to go clockwise around each, but can navigate the central reservation in any direction. So in truth the Magic Roundabout isn't actually a roundabout as such!
The KD Tower, which was formerlly The Kodak building. Now there are some 430 prestige apartments within the block
An interesting infrastructure within
the grounds of the