Artist: Batty, R. M.
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View in the city of Hertford in the county of Hertfordshire, south east England. Hertford has long been an important settlement- it is thought that the Kings of Essex lived here in the 6th century and that the National Synod was held here. Hertford is situated near the River Lea and ships were navigable from London to this point. It is not known how the settlement got its name, it is sometimes suggested that it derives from ‘Here ford’ meaning the ‘ford of the soldiers’ because the military road- the Ermine Way passed through here. An alternative view is that the name is derived from ‘Hert ford ing berie’, the ford of the Hearts and that it was the place where deer commonly crossed the ford. This is supported by the fact that the Borough seal depicts a deer standing in a ford.