A scathing review has been posted online about the Hertfordshire town of Hoddesdon, claiming it is a “freak show” among other harsh words.
The website, iLiveHere UK, has tons of articles with varying opinions on cities across the country, and it looks like Hoddesdon has been hit hard by a person’s thoughts.
Now it must be said that often these articles are somewhat satirical and purely opinionated, and we are not here to change our opinion but rather to examine how accurate the things said about the city just north of London are.
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The review begins by talking about life in Hoddesdon, with the countryside and pubs nearby, the author says it was a safe town before they left.
However, when they returned, that’s when they started to notice that this was not how they remembered it all those years ago.
From criminals to pub harassment and run-of-the-mill crime, the review makes Hoddesdon complete no mans-land with a strong pinch of profanity.
Let’s take a look at what exactly the review says and make a case for Hoddesdon.
The first problem the writer addresses with Hoddesdon is people.
In the review they say, “It took me awhile to put my finger on what’s wrong with the place. Then one day I was sitting in a cafe there and watching around me. There wasn’t a normal looking person or actor. It was a monster show and that’s really the problem. People. “
Now, right off the bat, it’s just unfair. The people of Hoddesdon are neither weird nor weird and we are sure the townspeople would object.
He goes on to say that the residents are nothing more than common criminals, stating: “They all think they are real criminals, some of them are, I guess, but if you challenge them, they all come together because literally none of them have any kind of muscle.
“Some of them are criminals, but just the kind of garbage that would steal your old mother. Yet they all carry on like they’re Scarface.”
Hoddesdon is not some kind of ‘no mans land’ where around every corner you see crimes or face the wrong kind of people.
It might not be as glamorous as St Albans, but it’s not the war zone this person claims to be, especially when the review concludes that some residents need to remember they are in Hertfordshire and not to Hackney.
We don’t know if this was a direct insult to Hackney, Herts, or both, but either way, the people of Hoddesdon might have some strong words to say in response to this review.
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But we’re here to show you what Hoddesdon has to offer.
The town, in the Broxbourne district of Herts, began as a stopover on the route between Cambridge and London, with more than 35 coaches per day passing through the town in the 18th century.
Twinned with the Belgian town of Dinant, Hoddesdon has a rich local history dating back to the Saxon period.
During the reign of Elizabeth I, the city grew much larger with the addition of inns and a royal charter which saw Hoddesdon gain municipal government with bailiffs and guards.
After World War II, the city became known as the ‘dormitory’, meaning families and workers lived there as part of the drive to nearby London.
In the 1950s and 1960s, the city became home to a large Italian community, making it the only small town in Britain to have one.
Sicilian families came to work in the market gardens and farms, about 70% of the 100 nurseries in the Lea Valley owned by Italians.
The wave of immigration has also led to the Italian community becoming a key part of the community, with celebrations continuing year after year.
The San Antonio Festival is celebrated every June with street processions, but often nothing too wild as the residents are older.
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It has tons of things to do, from theaters to museums and historical monuments.
Rye House is one of the most remarkable. It is a go-kart circuit and one of the oldest in the country, often used by world famous F1 stars Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button and Anthony Davidson.
Even the local Wetherspoons is famous, opened in 2014, it was originally known as the Salisbury Arms before becoming Star after a series of renovations.
While renovations took place, 16th century murals were found alongside the roof beams which suggest the pub dates back to the mid-1400s.
So despite the opinions of some, Hoddesdon is home to a real community, landmarks, and local history, and it’s important not to judge a book by its cover.
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