Hemel Hempstead

Hemel Hempstead (/ˈhɛməl ˈhɛmpstɪd/) is a town in Hertfordshire, England, located 24 miles (39 km) northwest of London, and part of the Greater London Urban Area. The population, according to the 2011 Census, was 97,500.[1]

Hemel Hempstead

Hemel Hempstead, Marlowes shopping precinct
Hemel Hempstead
Location within Hertfordshire
Population97,500 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTL 056 071
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHEMEL HEMPSTEAD
Postcode districtHP1, HP2, HP3
Dialling code01442
PoliceHertfordshire
FireHertfordshire
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Hertfordshire
51.7526°N 0.4692°W / 51.7526; -0.4692

Developed after the Second World War as a new town, it has existed as a settlement since the 8th century and was granted its town charter by King Henry VIII in 1539. It is part of the district (and borough since 1984) of Dacorum and the Hemel Hempstead parliamentary constituency. Nearby towns are Watford, St Albans, Hatfield and Berkhamsted.