Hertford is the county town of Hertfordshire, located some twenty miles North of London.
It has a population today of around 24,000 people, with many residents commuting into London via the rail links into London King's Cross and Moorgate from Hertford North station and into London Liverpool Street and Stratford from Hertford East. The town still retains the feel of a country-town despite its proximity to both London and other large connurbations such as Stevenage and Harlow where modern developments have been focussed - although traffic congestion is a continuing concern.
Hertford Civic Society was formed over 40 years ago to protect the architectural heritage of the county town and to encourage the best in contemporary design.
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Thanks to an initiative by Hertford Civic Society, East Herts Council and Hertford Town Council, Hertford will now be getting its own sculpture celebrating Alfred Russel Wallace.
A full open competition was held this summer, with a prize or fee of up to ten thousand pounds.
The final winner is a local sculptor, Rodney Munday, who is based in Much Hadham, and his sculpture will be installed on the wall at Hertford Theatre later this Spring.
In case anyone needs a reminder, Wallace, who grew up in Hertford, was, alongside Darwin, a key figure in articulating the concept of evolution.
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