Hitchin’s civic society since 1962


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Hitchin is a remarkable place - a rare survival of a traditional market town just 30 minutes by train from London. Sheltered in a hollow near the eastern end of the Chiltern Hills, it is rich in medieval and Georgian buildings. Its original street pattern still remains to this day, while its magnificent parish church stands as a reminder of the wealth of the medieval wool trade.

The Hitchin Society was formed in the early 1960's to protect the character and charm of Hitchin against the threats of inappropriate modern development. The Society campaigned successfully against destructive road building schemes that would have destroyed much of what we value today.

Now that the historic environment is being increasingly appreciated, the Society continues to campaign for the best of the past to be protected and enhanced for future generations to enjoy. Its campaigns are addressed to the needs of the future, protecting the environment and contributing to sustainability. The Society presses for the highest standards in new developments, and to make Hitchin an even better place for residents and visitors alike.

The area covered by the Hitchin Society now includes the adjoining civil parishes of Ickleford and St Ippolyts, with similar aims for the protection and enhancement of these villages and countryside for so long closely linked with Hitchin.

The work of the Society is advanced by its members working together. All who care for Hitchin and the surrounding area are welcome to take part in its work.

The Hitchin Society also offers its members a programme of meetings with guest speakers on topics of local interest. It arranges outings to other places of interest, linking up with similar civic societies elsewhere within neighbouring counties.

The Society is the local organiser for Heritage Open Days, when buildings normally closed to the public open their doors during one weekend in September.

Each year, the Society makes a Civic Award to the best new development in Hitchin and the surrounding area.

A newsletter is distributed twice per year keeping all members up-to-date with developments affecting the environment of our part of Hertfordshire.

The Hitchin Society is a Registered Charity, number 1091056

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Hitchin Society Civic Award 2014 -

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