Welcome back for part 3 of the history of Hertford blog series.
Early man was very active around these times, with evidence of the Beaker Folk leaving behind a vessel 4,000 years ago and Bronze Age man buried dead at Cromwell Road where an urn has been found. Still traces of this settlement remain. Life became more settled with the discovery of Iron, livestock and crops also became a part of life. The arrival of the Belgae in the last century B.C. brought the first coins to the area, with a gold coin found at Rush Green.
The arrival of the Romans in 43 A.D. shows new technology and improvements to the area. Ermine Street (one of the most important routes of the time) passed through Ware and Braughing on its way from London to York. Their dead were buried at a site in Mangrove Road.
When the Saxons turned up in the 6th century A.D. the Bengeo and Hertingfordbury settlements were founded, and by 673 A.D. Hertford found itself on the historical map of England due to the religious disunity from the country divided into several tribal kingdoms, each with its own king and six with their own bishops.
Check back soon for part 4 of Hertford – A History
(I would like to thank Cyril Heath for writing THE BOOK OF HERTFORD , this is a fascinating read, and I owe much to this book for the subject matter of this blog series)
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