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Paleolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age settlements show the site of Baldock has been continuously occupied since prehistoric times.
At the beginning of the Iron Age there was a hillfort at Arbury Banks, a couple of miles to the northeast of Baldock, that dominated the area. In the Late Iron Age, the local power base shifted from the hillfort to the vicinity of Baldock. The soil was easily farmed and transportation was more convenient. In the Roman and late Roman eras the community appears to have been both a market town and religious centre. The Roman settlement gradually disappeared. There is no entry for Baldock in the Domesday Book.
Baldock was founded by the Knights Templar as a medieval market town in the 1140s. It was laid out by the Knights Templar on land in the manor of Weston in the hundred of Broadwater, granted by the earl of Pembroke, Gilbert de Clare, before his death in 1148.
The main theory of the origin of the name Baldock is as a derivation from the Old French name for Baghdad: Baldac or later Baudac, which the Templars had been thwarted from conquering during the Crusades. Although the Templars connections to Baghdad were tenuous, it was widely regarded as the most prosperous market in the world and the Templars perhaps hoped that the name would confer a similar prosperity on their own market town in England. Founding contemporaneous documents use the spelling Baudac. This place is first recorded as Baldac in the Pipe Rolls of Hertfordshire in 1168.
Marco Polo relates that in 1225 Alau the Great Lord of the Tartars captured the Calif and the great city of Baudac, achieving what the Crusaders had not. The connection between the great city of Baudac and the ruins of Babylon, in the facile minds of the Templars, were obscurely compared with the great city of London and the ruins of Baldock.
The modern layout of Baldock and many buildings in the centre date from the sixteenth century, with the earliest dating from the fourteenth century.
Baldock thrived where the old Great North Road and the Icknield Way crossed. Despite the construction of the A1(M) motorway in 1963, which bypassed the town, it was still a major traffic bottleneck until March 2006, when a new bypass removed the A505 road which was part of the old Icknield Way to the east of Baldock from the town.
Thanks to its location, Baldock was a major staging post between London and the north: many old coaching inns still operate as pubs and hotels, and Baldock has a surprising number of pubs for its size. From the 1770s until 2008 the high street was very wide, a typical feature of medieval market places where more than one row of buildings used to stand. In the case of Baldock, the bottom of the High Street had three such rows, until Butchers Row was demolished by the Turnpike authorities in the 1770s. In late 2008, a town centre enhancement plan included a narrowing of the road and subsequent widening of paved areas.
Since the 16th century, Baldock has been a centre for malting, subsequently becoming a regional brewing centre with at least three large brewers still operating at the end of the 19th Century, despite a decline in demand for the types of beer produced locally. The 1881 Census records approximately 30 drinking establishments. Throughout the early 20th century a large number of pubs continued to operate, many of which were sustained by the adjacent and much larger town of Letchworth, which had no alcohol retailers prior to 1958, and had only two pubs and a single hotel bar until the mid 1990s. Its larger population had for many years visited both Baldock and Hitchin for refreshment.
A medieval leper colony, on Royston Road, was located during excavations in 2003, having been thought for many years to lie to the south east of Baldock on the former Pesthouse Lane, which is now Clothall Road, the A507.
From 1808 to 1814, Baldock hosted a station in the shutter telegraph chain that connected the Admiralty in London to its naval ships in the port of Great Yarmouth.
Baldocks position at the crossing of two important thoroughfares, the Great North Road and the Icknield Way has made it a stopping point for a number of illustrious visitors, including Charles I, who passed through Baldock en route for London after his arrest in 1648 and supposedly Dick Turpin. Preacher John Wesley came to the town in 1747.
In the past few years, many businesses have shut down in Baldock. Baldock lost its local football team, Baldock Town F.C. in 2001, after nearly 100 years of existence.
We understand that requirements for every driveway and patio are unique and because of this we ensure that every driveway & patio we install whether in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire or North London is exactly what you our customer wants, we are proud that we spend time with our Baldock patios customers ensuring that your driveway or patio is exactly how you imagined it.
Our free, bespoke design and survey service is available in Baldock patios and will help you choose from a wide range of products and accessories to provide you with a beautiful and long lasting driveway or patio.