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Bishop's Stortford is an historic market town in Hertfordshire. The historic core of Stortford is covered by a Conservation Area, with 105 heritage-listed buildings. Much of the Conservation Area is also an Area of Archaeological Significance. Many of its 41,000 residents (2020) commute to London for work.


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A market town established during the rule of the Roman Empire, but then abandoned after the Romans withdrew from the UK. Then, during the Saxon era a new settlement developed at the same location known as Steort-ford. Then in 1060, the Bishop of London purchased the manor house, resulting in the name of the town today. The town lies on the River Stort, the river being named after the town (not the town after the river).

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By road[edit]

  • Take Junction 8 (A120) of the M11.
  • The town is 7½ miles to the E from the London-King's Lynn A10 main road (via the A120).

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Get around[edit]

Map of Bishop's Stortford

The town is small enough to be seen on foot.


Rhodes Arts Complex and Bishop's Stortford Museum
  • 1 Waytemore Castle. A motte and bailey castle ruin. Waytemore Castle (Q4917439) on Wikidata Waytemore Castle on Wikipedia
  • 2 Stanstead Raceway (Banger Racing), Lovecotes Farm, Chickney Rd, Henham Village CM22 6BH, +44 7851 204063 (mobile).
  • 3 Empire (Cinema), Anchor St Bishop's Stortford CM23 3BP.
  • 4 Bishop's Stortford Museum, 1-3 South Rd, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 3JG, +44 1279 710200, . M-F 10AM-5PM (last entry 4PM), Sa 10AM-4PM (last entry 3PM). Housed in the birthplace of Cecil Rhodes
  • 5 The Henry Moore Studios and Gardens, Perry Green, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire SG10 6EE (in rural Hertfordshire, less than 30 miles from central London, close to Hertford, Bishop’s Stortford and Stansted Airport), +44 1279 843333, . Open seasonally, usually from Easter until the end of October each year, W–Su & Bank Holidays 11AM–5PM (4PM in Oct), M Tu closed. The former home and studios of the great British sculptor. Includes the artist's restored home, and its flower garden, his studios, and over 70 acres (28 hectares) of less formal gardens and fields containing many of his monumental sculptures. The grounds also feature the Sheep Field Barn gallery with changing exhibititions, and the medieval Aisled Barn with a display of nine large colourful tapestries based on his drawings. His famous abstract sculptures are seen by thousands around the world outside King's Cross station in London, at the Henry Moore Sculpture Centre in Toronto, Canada. You can also visit the Henry Moore Archive in the village. Adult  £16.50, child £8.50, under 5 free, concession £15, student/under 25 £10, family from £30; tickets valid for one year. Henry Moore Studios and Gardens (Q113580330) on Wikidata



  • 1 Chartered Market, South St, Potter St, Market Sq and North St. Th Sa 8AM-2:30PM.


  • 2 Waitrose (Supermarket), Northgate End, Bishop's Stortford CM23 2BA, +44 1279 466556. M-Th Sa 8AM-8PM, F 8AM-9PM, Su 10AM-4PM.
  • 3 Aldi (Supermarket), 34 London Rd, Bishop's Stortford CM23 5NF. M-Sa 8AM-10PM, Su 10AM-4PM.




  • 1 The Rose & Crown (Pub), 16 Station Rd, Bishops Stortford CM23 3BL, +44 1279 652515.
  • 2 The Port Jackson (Pub & Food), Ground Floor Units D1/D2, Block D, Riverside Wharf, Riverside, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 3GN, +44 1279 714460. M-W 8AM-midnight, Th-Sa 8AM-12:30AM, Su 8AM-midnight.
  • 3 The Castle (Pub), Castle St, Bishops Stortford CM23 3TG, +44 1279 755094. M-F 4:30-11PM, Sa noon-11PM, Su noon-11:30PM.
  • 4 The Bridge House (Pub), 78 South St, Bishops Stortford CM23 3BG, +44 1279 755705. M-Sa 11AM-2AM, Su noon-2AM.



  • 1 Post Office, 102 South St, Bishops Stortford CM23 3AA. M 9AM-5:30PM, Tu 9:30AM-5:30PM, W-F 9AM-5:30PM, Sa 9AM-12:30PM.

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Routes through Bishop's Stortford
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