Stevenage (/ˈstiːvənɪdʒ/ STEE-vən-ij) is a town and borough in
Hertfordshire, England. Roughly 28 miles (44 km) north of central
London as the crow flies,
Stevenage is situated to the east of
junctions 7 and 8 of the A1(M), and is between
Letchworth Garden City
to the north, and
Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Garden City to the south. On 1 August 1946,
Stevenage was designated the United Kingdom's first New
Town under the
New Towns Act.
Stevenage New Town
3.1 Later schemes
6 Sport and leisure
8 Nearby attractions
10.1 Primary Schools
Special Needs schools
10.3 Secondary schools
10.5 Former schools
11 Places of worship
12 Notable people
13 In popular culture
14 Twin Towns
15 See also
17 External links
Stevenage may derive from Old English stiþen āc / stiðen āc /
stithen ac (various Old English dialects cited here) meaning '(place
at) the stiff oak'.
The name was recorded as Stithenæce, c.1060 and Stigenace in 1086 in
the Domesday Book.
Stevenage lies near the line of the
Roman road from
Romano-British remains were discovered during the
building of the New Town, and a hoard of 2,000 silver Roman coins was
discovered in 1986 during new house building in the Chells Manor area.
The most substantial evidence of activity from Roman times is Six
Hills, six tumuli by the side of the old Great North Road –
presumably the burial places of a local family.
A little to the east of the Roman sites the first Saxon camp was made
in a clearing in the woods where the church, manor house and the first
village were later built. Settlements also sprang up in Chells,
Broadwater and Shephall (though before the New
Town Shephall was a
separate parish and Broadwater was split between the parishes of
Shephall and Knebworth).
Domesday Book the
Lord of the Manor
Lord of the Manor was the
Westminster Abbey. The settlement had moved down to the Great North
Road and in 1281 it was granted a
Royal Charter to hold a weekly
market and annual fair (still held in the High Street).
The earliest part of St Nicholas' Church dates from the 12th century
but it was probably a site of worship much earlier. The known list of
priests or rectors is relatively complete from 1213.
The remains of a medieval moated homestead in Whomerley Wood is an
80-yard-square trench almost 5 feet wide in parts. It was probably the
home of Ralph de Homle, and both Roman and later pottery has been
Around 1500 the Church was much improved, with decorative woodwork and
the addition of a clerestory.
In 1558 Thomas Alleyne, a rector of the town, founded a free grammar
school for boys, Alleyne's Grammar School, which, despite becoming a
boys' comprehensive school in 1967, had an unbroken existence (unlike
the grammar school in neighbouring Hitchin) until 1989 when it merged
Stevenage Girls' School to become the
Thomas Alleyne School.
Francis Cammaerts was headmaster of Alleyne's Grammar School from 1952
to 1961. The school, which has been since 1989 a mixed comprehensive
school and is now an
Academy as of 2013, still exists on its original
site at the north end of the High Street. It was intended to move the
school to Great Ashby, but the Coalition government (2010–15)
proposed scrapping the move owing to budget cuts.
Stevenage's prosperity came in part from the North Road, which was
turnpiked in the early 18th century. Many inns in the High Street
served the stage coaches, 21 of which passed through
day in 1800.
In 1857 the Great Northern Railway was constructed, and the era of the
stage coach had ended.
Stevenage grew only slowly throughout the 19th
century and a second church (Holy Trinity) was constructed at the
south end of the High Street. In 1861 Dickens commented, "The village
street was like most other village streets: wide for its height,
silent for its size, and drowsy in the dullest degree. The quietest
little dwellings with the largest of window-shutters to shut up
nothing as if it were the Mint or the Bank of England."
In 1928 Philip Vincent bought the HRD Motorcycle Co Ltd out of
receivership, immediately moving it to
Stevenage and renaming it the
Vincent HRD Motorcycle Co Ltd. He produced the legendary motorcycles,
including the Black Shadow and Black Lightning, in the town until
Stevenage New Town
Post-war animated film by the
Central Office of Information
Central Office of Information about new
towns and their planning, featuring a design similar to that of
The tiled mosaic on
Stevenage Clock Tower, showing the intent of the
Development Plan for housing, industry and leisure.
Stevenage Old Town
Cycleways in Roundabout
High Street in the Old Town
Slow growth in
Stevenage continued until just after the Second World
War, when the Abercrombie Plan called for the establishment of a ring
of new towns around London. On 1 August 1946,
Stevenage was designated
the first New
Town under the New Towns Act.
The plan was not popular and local people protested at a meeting held
in the town hall before Lewis Silkin, minister in the Labour
Government of Clement Attlee. As
Lewis Silkin arrived at the railway
station for this meeting, some local people had changed the signs
'Stevenage' to 'Silkingrad'. Silkin was obstinate at the meeting,
telling a crowd of 3,000 people outside the town hall (around half the
town's residents): "It's no good your jeering, it's going to be done."
Despite the hostile reaction to Silkin and a referendum that showed
52% (turnout 2,500) 'entirely against' the expansion, the plan went
ahead. Ironically, although the Commission for the New Towns (CNT)
[however, CNT wasn't set up until 1963...] declared the Old
not be touched, the first significant building to be demolished to
make way for a gyratory system was indeed the Old
Town Hall, in which
the opposition had been expressed.
In 1949 the radical town planner Dr
Monica Felton became Chairman of
Stevenage Development Corporation but she was sacked within two
years. There were a number of reasons for her dismissal by the
government but a lack of hands-on town planning leadership and her
opposition to the
Korean War (for which she was later awarded the
Stalin Peace Prize) sullied her reputation. Felton was replaced
first by Allan Duff and later Thomas Bennett, who carried the project
Gordon Stephenson was the planner, Peter Shepheard
the architect, and Eric Claxton the engineer. Claxton took the
attitude that the new town should separate bicycles from the
automobile as much as possible.
In keeping with the sociological outlook of the day, the town was
planned with six self-contained neighbourhoods. The first two of these
to be occupied were the Stoney Hall and Monks Wood 'Estates', in 1951.
The Twin Foxes pub, on the Monks Wood estate, was Stevenage's first
'new' public house and was named after local notorious identical-twin
poachers (Albert and Ebenezer Fox). It closed in 2017. At least two
other public houses have a direct relationship to local history. The
name of the pub "Edward the Confessor" (closed 2006) could have had a
connection to the time at which St Mary's Church in nearby
built, for King Edward ruled from 1042 until his death in 1066.
Walkern's village church dates from this time. The second pub with a
possible link to local history is the "Our Mutual Friend" in
Broadwater. The name of the pub is the title of a novel by Charles
Dickens. Dickens was an occasional guest of Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Knebworth House and knew
Stevenage very well.
Next to be built and occupied were the neighbourhoods of Bedwell in
1952, and then came Broadwater and Shephall (1953), Chells in the
1960s and later Pin Green and Symonds Green. Another new development
to the north of the town is Great Ashby. As of 2014[update] it was
still under construction. The Government gave almost £2 million for a
purpose-built homeless shelter, which will serve a large part of
The pedestrianized town centre was the first purpose-built
traffic-free shopping zone in Britain, taking its inspiration from the
Lijnbaan in Rotterdam, and was officially opened in 1959 by the
Queen. By the clock tower and ornamental pool is Joyride, a mother
and child sculpture by Franta Belsky. Although revolutionary for its
time, the town centre is showing signs of age and, in 2005, plans were
revealed for a major regeneration to take place over the next decade.
Details are still being debated by the council, landowners and other
Next to the
Town Garden, the Church of St Andrew and St George is an
example of modern church design and has housed
Stevenage Museum in its
crypt since 1976. The church is a cathedral-like Grade 2 listed
building. It is also the largest parish church to have been built in
England since World War Two. Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth the
Queen Mother laid the foundation stone in July 1956 and was also
present at the consecration of the Bishop of St Alban's, the Right
Reverend Michael Gresford-Jones, on Advent Sunday 27 November 1960.
The frame is constructed from a continuous pour of concrete into
moulds, creating interlacing arches and leaving no apparent joints.
There are twelve Purbeck-marble columns around the high altar and the
external walls are clad in panels faced with Normandy pebble. The
campanile houses the loudspeakers for an electro-acoustic carillon. A
popular sculpture, 'The Urban Elephant' by Andrew Burton, was
commissioned in 1992.
Adjacent to yet separate from the residential parts of the town is the
Industrial Area. For many years
British Aerospace (now MBDA) was the
largest employer in the town but now
GlaxoSmithKline has a large
pharmaceutical research laboratory complex (which is known as 'The
Palace' to many of its inhabitants). A smaller but interesting
enterprise is Astrium, which for some decades (as part of British
Aerospace and its predecessors) has manufactured spacecraft, both as
prime contractor and as equipment supplier.
There are many small- to medium-size firms as well. Stevenage
BioScience Catalyst, a new science park aimed at attracting small and
start-up life-sciences enterprises, opened in 2011 on a site next to
Stevenage holds a number of annual events, including
and Rock in the Park. In past years
Stevenage Carnival has also been
held, with a number of attempts to revive it.
Stevenage celebrated its seventieth anniversary as a New
Multimillion-pound plans to redevelop
Stevenage town centre were
scrapped owing to the financial crisis of 2007–08 and the lack of
interested private-sector partners. On 24 May 2012 Stevenage
Borough Council announced that a £250m scheme for the shopping area
has been pulled by
Stevenage Regeneration Limited (SRL) because of the
continuing adverse economic conditions. The plans, which included
realigning streets, moving the bus station and building a new
department store, cinema, hotel, restaurants, and flats, had been
given council planning approval in January 2012.
Town Centre Regeneration Strategy (2002) called for better-quality
shops (including a major department store), improved public transport
with a combined bus and rail interchange, high-density town-centre
living, substantially improved civic facilities, increased office
space and an improved 'public realm'. YMCA Space
youth and community centre) was evicted and replaced by Paddy Power (a
betting shop). Other well-known stores, such as Maplin
Electronics, and Marks & Spencer have also disappeared from
Stevenage town centre.
The town has a large central library in Southgate, at the southern
end of the pedestrian precinct, with facilities including printing,
fax and photocopying, children's events, study space, a carers'
information point and a large public computer suite, as well as a
small branch library at the northern end of the High Street in the
Old Town. There is also a public library in nearby Knebworth,
located in St Martin's Road.
The town is still growing. It is set to expand west of the A1(M)
motorway and may be further identified for development. The main area
of more recent[when?] development is
Great Ashby to the north-east of
the town (but actually in North
Hertfordshire District). A
considerable amount of in-borough development has been undertaken at
Chrysalis Park on the old Dixon's Warehouse site adjacent to the Pin
Green Industrial Estate.
Stevenage experiences an oceanic climate (Köppen climate
classification Cfb) similar to almost all of the United Kingdom.
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The population of
Stevenage increased significantly during the 20th
century. Little more than a large village at the start of the 19th
century, the population in 1801 was 1,430. By 1901,
the 20th century with a population of 4,048.
Stevenage was designated a new town under the New Towns Act of
1946, the population exploded in the 1950s and 1960s. By the start of
the 21st century, the 2001 population had grown to 79,715 reaching
83,957 a decade later (2011).. As of 2016[update] the population
is estimated at 87,100.
Sport and leisure
Stevenage has a King George's Field named in memory of King George V,
which boasts cricket and a bowls green, which is used by Stevenage
Town Bowls Club. The field was the original pitch that
used to play on. The cricket ground is called Ditchmore Lane. The
Stevenage Leisure Centre contains the
Gordon Craig Theatre
Gordon Craig Theatre and many
facilities for sports. The nearby
Stevenage Leisure Park has a
multiplex cinema, clubs, and restaurants. The main shopping area is
around Queensway and the Westgate. At the south of the town, there is
a retail park called Roaring Meg, which takes its name from a stream
(a tributary of the river Beane) that runs under it. The river can be
seen along the western edge of the area. There is also shopping in the
Old Town. The Roaring Meg had an ice rink and bowling alley, but these
were demolished in 2000 to allow the construction of more stores.
Stevenage F.C., formerly known as
Stevenage Borough, is the town's
major football team, playing their home matches at Broadhall Way.
Founded in 1976, the club were promoted to the Football Conference,
the highest tier of non-league football, in 1994. After sixteen
seasons in this division,
Stevenage won the
Conference Premier title
during the 2009–10 season, having previously been denied promotion
to the Football League due to insufficient ground facilities in
1996. During Stevenage's first season as a Football League club,
they secured back-to-back promotions to League One, the third tier of
English football, after beating Torquay United 1–0 in the 2010–11
play-off final at Old Trafford. The club also won the
FA Trophy in
2007 beating Kidderminster Harriers 3–2 at
Wembley Stadium in front
of a crowd of 53,262. It was the first competitive club game and
cup final to be held at the new stadium.
Stevenage reached the
final again in 2009, beating York City 2–0. The club has also
enjoyed several runs in the FA Cup, raising the town's profile in the
process. During the 1997–98 campaign,
Stevenage held Premier League
side Newcastle United to a draw at Broadhall Way, before losing the
replay 2–1 at Newcastle. The club would go one better in 2010,
securing a 3–1 home victory over Newcastle in the third round of the
competition — the first time the club had beaten first tier
opposition. The following season,
Stevenage held Tottenham
Hotspur to a 0–0 draw at home in the fifth round, before losing the
subsequent replay 3–1 at White Hart Lane.
The town also has a number of other successful sports clubs, including
a women's football team (
Borough Ladies FC) and Stevenage
Town Rugby Club. Many top class sporting heroes have come from
Stevenage, the most notable being Kevin Phillips, Ashley Young, Lewis
Hamilton, Ian Poulter. Fairlands Valley is a large area of parkland
with boating lakes. The town is a very green town, with avenues of
trees (typically Norway Maple) throughout but also large woods such as
Monks & Whomerley Wood, which is ancient semi-natural woodland.
Woodland Trust ranks it as one of the best places in the
UK for ease of access to large woodland, with 99.9% of the population
having access to woodland over 2 hectares (5 acres) within 4 km
(2.5 mi), only slightly behind those living in the Forest of Dean
or New Forest. There are also many playing fields (e.g. St.
Nicholas playing fields near Ripon Road). The town's schools all have
a substantial amount of ground; key examples are Ashtree Primary
School, Moss Bury Primary School, Longmeadow Primary School and
Stevenage also has a basketball team:
The town is surrounded by the
Stevenage Outer Orbital Path (STOOP), a
27-mile (43 km) circuit walk established by the North Herts
Ramblers Group in 2008. The circuit provides an informal, active
recreational leisure amenity readily available to the residents of
Stevenage and the surrounding villages. The STOOP is split into
several sections, accessible via a series of links from the town. The
route passes through Graveley, Walkern, Beane Valley, Datchworth,
St Ippolyts and Little Wymondley. It
was launched on 20 September 2008.
A small community arts centre is located in the Roaring Meg Retail
Park. The Boxfield and Foyer Gallery is situated in the Gordon
Craig Theatre, which forms part of the large central Leisure
Stevenage Museum is located under the St. Andrew and St.
George's church on St George’s Way
Stevenage Old Town, near St Nicholas' Church, lies Rooks'
Nest ("under the big wych-elm"), home of the novelist Edward Morgan
Forster from 1884 to 1894. Forster used Rooksnest and the surrounding
area as the setting for his novel Howards End. In the preface to one
paperback edition of
Howards End there is a lot to be found about
Stevenage and their relationship to the story of the
novel, such as
Stevenage High Street and the Six Hills. The land north
of St Nicholas' Church, known as Forster Country, is the last
remaining farmland within the boundary of
Forster was unhappy with the development of new Stevenage, which
would, in his words, "fall out of the blue sky like a meteorite upon
the ancient and delicate scenery of Hertfordshire".
Also close to
Knebworth House, a gothic stately home and
venue of globally renowned rock concerts since 1974. The house was
once home to Sir Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Victorian English novelist and
spiritualist, who, as reported by one of his visitors, so deeply
believed in spiritual realities that he sometimes thought himself to
be invisible while others were around.
A distinctive feature of
Stevenage is its urban landscape. It has many
roundabouts, few traffic lights, a network of completely
segregated cycleways, and some of the tallest street lights in
Britain. Eric Claxton was chief engineer of
Stevenage from 1962 to
1972, and the comprehensive separate cycle network was planned and
implemented by him during that period. Despite this network, the bike
mode share is 2.7%. Claxton was also of the view that
Stevenage should contain as few traffic lights as possible, hence his
preference for roundabouts to regulate traffic flow. He was so adamant
about roundabouts that he had a house built for himself on the
gyratory system in the Old Town.
Stevenage is served by the A1(M) motorway. The old Great North Road
passes through the centre of the town, and the High Street in the Old
Town has several pubs that were coaching inns on this road; it is
mostly now classified as the B197.
Stevenage is also served by the
A602, connecting the town to Hitchin, Watton-at-Stone,
Buses within and to outside the town are provided by several
operators, the main within the town being Arriva The Shires. Other
operators include Centrebus, Uno, and Cozy Travel.
The town is served by
Stevenage railway station
Stevenage railway station on the East Coast Main
Line, and has regular commuter services to London and Cambridge, as
well as connections to the North and Scotland.
Many schools were built in the 1950s/60s due to an influx of Londoners
to affordable terraced housing in areas such as Shephall, Broadwater,
Chells and St Nicholas. The town has around 23 primary schools (see
below). Some go to the surrounding villages of Aston, Benington,
Datchworth for their schooling.
Stevenage also has a number
of secondary schools and the central campus for North Hertfordshire
Almond Hill Junior
Ashtree Primary School & Nursery
Bedwell Primary School & Nursery
Broom Barns Community Primary
Camps Hill Community Primary
Fairlands Primary School & Nursery
Featherstone Wood Primary School & Nursery
Giles Nursery & Infants
Letchmore Infants' & Nursery
The Leys Primary & Nursery
Lodge Farm Primary
Martins Wood Primary
Moss Bury Primary School & Nursery
Peartree Spring Primary
Roebuck Primary School & Nursery
Shephalbury Park Primary
St Margaret Clitherow Roman Catholic Primary
St Nicholas C of E Primary School & Nursery
St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary
Trotts Hill Primary & Nursery
Woolenwick Infant & Nursery
Special Needs schools
The Valley Secondary
Barnwell (containing the VIBase for blind & visually impaired
pupils and the SPLD Base for Pupils with specific learning
Barnwell School - In 2006, Barnwell school took in students from
Collenswood School after its closure. Students are now taught on two
sites: Barnwell East and Barnwell West.
The Barclay School
The Barclay School - A technology college specialist ICT college.
The Da Vinci Studio School of Science and Engineering - A studio
school specialising in science and engineering.
The John Henry Newman School - A specialist arts school.
Marriotts School - A sports college. Marriotts will convert to
Academy status with potential completion in September
The Nobel School - A specialist performing arts and science DCSF
Thomas Alleyne Academy
Hertfordshire College (
Stevenage Campus), Monkswood Way,
Stevenage, SG1 1LA
Round Diamond (site in Pin Green closed and relocated to Great Ashby,
now officially classified as a North
Pope Pius XII RC JMI (site in Chells closed and amalgamated with St
John Southworth RC JMI, September 1990)
St John Southworth RC JMI
Pin Green JMI
Burydale (amalgamated with Shephall Green Infant School in September
2005, now closed)
Collenswood School (secondary school, closed in 2006 and the site
became part of Barnwell School)
Stevenage Girls School (amalgamated with Alleyne's School to become
Thomas Alleyne School)
Chells School (a secondary school, the former site of which is now
occupied by The Nobel School)
Heathcote School (Secondary school, closed in 2012 and the site became
part of Barnwell School)
St Michael's (Catholic boys secondary school, moved from Mount St.
Hitchin then to
Stevenage now amalgamated with St
Angela's to form John Henry Newman)
Shephalbury Secondary Modern School (Shephalbury Park, now a housing
The Grange (c.1847–c.1939)
Bedwell Secondary School (The former site is now occupied by Marriotts
Places of worship
St Andrew & St George
Stevenage has an active network of Christian churches of many
denominations. Many of the churches work together for town-wide
projects under the banner of "Churches Together in Stevenage".
Stevenage also has a mosque and a Liberal Jewish Synagogue.
Some of the places of worship include:
All Saints Church (Anglican/Methodist Union)
Christ the King Church (Anglican)
City of David Church (Redeemed Christian Church of God)
Elim Pentecostal Church
Grace Community Church (Newfrontiers)
Great Ashby Community Church (Anglican/
Baptist Joint Project)
High Street Methodist Church
Holy Trinity Church (Anglican)
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
Longmeadow Evangelical Church
Friends Meeting House (Quakers)
Catholic Church of St Hilda
Catholic Church of St Joseph
Catholic Church of the Transfiguration
Salvation Army Corps
Church of St Andrew & St George (Anglican)
Seventh-day Adventist Church
Synagogue (Liberal Judaism)
Stevenage Muslim Community Centre
St Hugh & St John Church (Anglican/Methodist Union)
St Mary's Church (Anglican)
St Nicholas Church (Anglican)
St Paul's Church (Methodist)
St Peter's Church (Anglican)
Stevenage Vineyard Fellowship
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -
United Reformed Church
Whomerley Spiritual Church & Centre
Born in Stevenage
Ian Allinson (b. 1957), footballer
Zane Banton (b. 1996), footballer
Harry Bates (1850–1899), sculptor
Sir Thomas Clarke (b. 1527), knighted by Henry VIII.
Edward Gordon Craig
Edward Gordon Craig (1872–1966), scenographer and theatre theorist
Andrew Croft (1906–1991) explorer and SOE (
Albert and Ebenezer Fox
Albert and Ebenezer Fox (1857–1926, 1857–1936), infamous poachers
Gabz Gardiner, finalist in series 7 of Britain's Got Talent
Lewis Hamilton (b. 1985),
Formula One world champion (2008, 2014,
Nicolas Hamilton (b. 1992), racing driver
Peter Harper (1921–2003) International Rally Driver
Ken Hensley (b. 1945), keyboard player and main songwriter of Uriah
Heep in the 1970s
Aleks Josh, contestant on The Voice UK
William Jowitt, 1st Earl Jowitt
William Jowitt, 1st Earl Jowitt (1885–1957), Lord High Chancellor of
Great Britain from 1945 to 1951
Nadeem Leigh, contestant on The Voice UK
Max Thomas, Inventor of the Falcon 2 Engine
Cathy Lesurf, singer and member of bands such as Oysterband, Fiddler's
Fairport Convention and The Albion Country Band
Richard Norwood (c. 1590 – 1675), first person to survey the islands
Alex Pettyfer (b. 1990), actor
Kevin Phillips (b. 1973), footballer
Rob Playford (b. 1968), Drum and Bass Pioneer and founder of Moving
Elizabeth Poston, composer, born in Highfield House, Pin Green (now
the site of Hampson Park) and later lived in Rooks Nest.
Ian Poulter (b. 1976), golfer
Jason Shackell (b. 1983), footballer
John Thurloe (1616–1668), secretary to Oliver Cromwell, lived in
what is now the Cromwell Hotel
Henry Trigg (c. 1667–1724), local grocer who became famous for his
Phil Vincent (1908–1979), British motorcycle pioneer
Ed Westwick (b. 1987), actor
Jack Wilshere (b. 1992), Arsenal footballer
Anthony (Tony) John Wright (b. 1962), cricketer
Karen Woo, surgeon, killed along with other aid workers in Afghanistan
(2010 Badakhshan massacre)
Ashley Young (b. 1985), Manchester United footballer
Francis Cammaerts (1916–2006), French Resistance leader, headmaster
of Alleyne's Grammar School and witness in the Lady Chatterley Trial,
John Cooper Clarke, performance poet, briefly lived in Stevenage, and
allegedly wrote "Evidently Chickentown" about his experiences in the
Evelyn Denington, Baroness Denington (1907 – 1998), politician who
served as chair of the
Stevenage Development Corporation
Denholm Elliott (1922–1992), actor, who lived in the house now known
as the 'Little Folks Lab' nursery in North Road.
Thomas Fellowes (1827–1923), Royal Navy officer
E. M. Forster
E. M. Forster (1879–1970), novelist, lived in the house at Rooks
Nest from 1883 to 1893.
Tommy Hampson (1907–1965), Olympic athlete. Hampson Park is named
Emma Kennedy (born 1967), who wrote the BBC drama The Kennedys based
on her childhood there
Stephen McPartland (born 1976), MP for Stevenage
Miguel of Portugal, King of Portugal between 1828 and 1834, is reputed
to have lived on the High Street around 1845
Leslie Phillips, actor, evacuated to
Stevenage during the Second World
David Schaal, actor, spent his teenage years in Stevenage.
Naum Slutzky (1894–1965), designer, master of Bauhaus University,
Gary Younge, journalist. Lived in
Stevenage until the age of 17.
In November 2014, a pictorial tribute to the town’s sports
superstars was unveiled along the pedestrian walkway through the Arts
and Leisure Centre. This was completed in 2015 to include famous faces
from the worlds of theatre, film, art and literature.
In popular culture
Stevenage was the setting for two feature films, Here We Go Round the
Mulberry Bush (1967) and
Boston Kickout (1995).
Stevenage was the
filming location, though not the on-screen setting, for two other
films, Two other features were filmed in Stevenage, though the town
was not the intended setting, for
Serious Charge (1959) – standing
in as the
Washington, D.C. area for the 2001 film.
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Stevenage (UK Parliament constituency)
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