View near Stevenage
Artist and engraver: Hassell, I.
Medium: Aquatint, coloured
View by I. Hassell, of a scene near Stevenage in Hertfordshire. There was a Roman settlement here in the 1st Century because a military road passed through the area joining the Verulamium in St Albans with a settlement at Baldock. It has been suggested that Stevenage got its name from the Saxon word 'Stithenaece' meaning 'Strong Oak', however by 11th century when the Domesday book was compiled the town is recorded as ‘Stigenace’, which could be a Norman corruption of the Saxon word ‘Stigenhage’ which means ‘Roadway by the wood’. For many years Stevenage was a small settlement however during the 18th and 19th centuries the road and rail links to and through Stevenage were improved and from this time the town’s affluence grew.