Hemel Hempstead Charter Tower

 

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Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead

In 1539 King Henry VIII granted a charter to make Hemel a market town. Also it is said that when he visited Hemel Hempstead with Anne Boleyn he stayed at the Bury in Gadebridge Park, all that remains is the charter tower. Local history has it that Henry VIII handed down the charter for the town of Hemel Hempstead from the upper window of this tower.

The sight of the old Charter House is now the internationally renowned Walled Garden. The Charter Tower used to be the entrance to the second Charter House. This was knocked down in the sixteenth century when the third Charter House was build, which is now the town registry office.