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