15 Facts About Baldock


Baldock is a historic market town in the local government district of North Hertfordshire in the ceremonial county of Hertfordshire, England, where the River Ivel rises.

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Paleolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements show the site of Baldock has been continuously occupied since prehistoric times.

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The Baldock area is host to the highest quantity of finds of ancient coins in Hertfordshire after the Verulamium region.

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Baldock was founded by the Knights Templar as a medieval market town in the 1140s.

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Since the 16th century, Baldock has been a centre for malting, subsequently becoming a regional brewing centre with at least three large brewers still operating at the end of the 19th century, despite a decline in demand for the types of beer produced locally.

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From 1808 to 1814, Baldock hosted a station in the shutter telegraph chain that connected the Admiralty in London to its naval ships in the port of Great Yarmouth.

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Baldock was formerly the location of a film processing factory which closed before the company could move in; local folklore has it that it was a silent film studio, but this is not the case.

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In World War II, Baldock was one of the Allied radio stations that intercepted Kriegsmarine signals and forwarded them to Bletchley Park to be deciphered.

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Baldock Festival is a cultural festival which started in 1982 and starts on the May Day bank holiday weekend.

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Baldock is mentioned frequently in the supernatural thriller The Green Man by Kingsley Amis .

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Baldock has two tiers of local government, at district and county level: North Hertfordshire District Council and Hertfordshire County Council.

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Parish of Baldock was created in the mid-twelfth century from the northern tip of the older parish of Weston, around the time of the town's founding by the Knights Templar.

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Parish of Baldock was included in the Hitchin Poor Law Union from 1835.

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Baldock therefore became part of the Hitchin Rural Sanitary District, governed by the Hitchin Board of Guardians.

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Baldock has a Cricket Club with three teams, a Netball Club and a Bowls club all based in Avenue Park.

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