The town of Hoddesdon come into the borough of Broxbourne in the county of Hertfordshire, which is situated in the Lea Valley.
Hoddesdon is located approximately 37 miles north of London, 7 miles west of Harlow, 6 miles southeast of Hertford, 7 miles north of Waltham Cross, and 18 miles southwest of Bishops Stortford.
In the 18th century, more than 35 coaches a day would travel through the town. In the 20th century, Hoddesdon was a boom area, due to the extraction of gravel, but in the 1970s they had exhausted the abundance of gravel.
With the extraction of all this gravel, it created vast lakes and water pits which are now incorporated into leisure amenities for the public.
Hoddesdon is considered to be the only town in Great Britain with a large population of the Italian community. The Italians emigrated into the Hoddesdon area between the 1950s and 60s, mainly to work in nurseries. These garden nurseries are well known for the fine produce of cucumbers and peppers that are grown there.
70% out of the 100 or so nurseries in the Hoddesdon area are owned by two villages from Sicily: Cianciananand Mussomeli: This amounts to 75% of the cucumbers UK-grown and 50% of peppers are now own by Sicilian descendants. The Italian community has become a part of the fabric within the area. In June the Italians celebrate San Antonio with a street procession. These days it is a low-key celebration, as many of the participants are now quite old, and not quite up to it.
Hoddesdon over the years has also been influenced by the Italian Cuisines.