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Hertford has around 250 retail outlets in the town centre - a typical mix of smaller chain stores and independents spread across a number of shopping streets and squares.

Like many market towns across the country, there are an increasing number of coffee shops and businesses catering for personal care.

Premises range from modern purpose-built units to period properties originally built as homes but later converted for retail use. The floors above most shops are used for storage, offices or residential purposes.

The town centre is a conservation zone with a high number of listed buildings. As such the use of signage and colour is strictly governed by local planning regulations.

In this slideshow we look at the differing types of shopfront, their history and how the landscape has changed over the years.

Want to know more about shops and shopping in Hertford?

Visit the shopping page and our retail database.

Published 1st October 2023