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Knebworth Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 75 photos
Knebworth is my home village and has been since I moved from Kent in 2002.
It has all that a village really needs including a local shop, a doctor’s surgery, a decent dentist, a post office, some tasty cafes and restaurants, a friendly church and more importantly really friendly inhabitants.
It is really two villages, Old and New. The original village, which is now known as Old Knebworth, developed around Knebworth House.
Development of the newer Knebworth village started in the late 19th century centred a mile to the east of Old Knebworth on the new railway station. In fact it was originally known as Knebworth Station.
It became known as New Knebworth before finally settling on just plain Knebworth.
Population of around 4,500.
The main highlight of Old Knebworth has to be the splendid Knebworth House and its grounds.
The house is owned by the Lyttons, and they have lived there for the past 500 years. Queen Elizabeth I stayed at Knebworth, Charles Dickens acted in private theatricals in the House and Winston Churchill's painting of the Banqueting Hall hangs in the room where he painted it.
Knebworth House is also famous for its rock concerts, which are held in the grounds. The likes of Pink Floyd in 1975, The Rolling Stones in 1976, Genesis and Frank Zappa in 1978, Led Zeppelin in 1979, The Beach Boys in 1980, Deep Purple in 1985, Queen in 1986, Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton & Elton John & Mark Knopfler & Jimmy Page & Robert Plant & Phil Collins & everyone else in 1990, Oasis in 1996, Robbie Williams in 2003 and now the Sonisphere Festival
The oldest part of Old Knebworth is the Church, St Mary’s which was built about 1120, and my wife, Nicola, and I were married there in 2007.
In “New” Knebworth the highlight is the fact that it is a quiet country spot with a mainline railway link to London. New Knebworth has a busy high street with a decent Indian, Chinese takeaway, Fish & Chip shop and a newly expanded co-op supermarket. Also there are a few friendly cafes, a very decent bakers and a family run butchers. For some reason we also have two Lloyds the Chemists, I haven’t got to the bottom of that one yet.
At one end of the high street you’ll find also Charles Lowe, who came in 1901, then a Cycle Agent and today is a thriving Builders Merchant.
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