Bishops Stortford has become an affluent town since the early 1970s, due to the opening of the M11 motorway and its close proximity for commuters to travel by train to London’s Liverpool Street Station, which takes around 40 minutes.
The A120 from Bishops Stortford to Colchester and Braintree also opened up excellent road access since 2000 and shortened journey times into Essex, leading onto the A12.
Bishops Stortford is conveniently close to Junction 8 of the M11 motorway, which allows direct driving within a few minutes to Harlow and continuing into East London.
Driving North on the M11 takes you to Cambridge and the North.
South of Harlow, the M11 connects to the M25 motorway network.
Stansted Airport is very close too, making it hugely popular for travellers and recently even more so with flights to the USA.
Bishops Stortford, up until recent years was a pleasant, rural market town with a farmers market on a Thursday at the bottom junction of North Street. There would be a variety of pigs, chickens, sheep and cattle for sale. Watsons Auction room at Water Lane every Thursday was also a popular venue with traders and the public alike selling all manner of household wares.
Nowadays since the early 2000s, the town has become ‘gentrified’ with a variety of cafes, restaurants and eateries.
In the years before the 1990s, Bishops Stortford town boasted 2 cinemas and a fire and ambulance station in the centre of the town. Children loved to see the fire engines ringing their bells as they attended an emergency callout.
The fire and ambulance station is no longer in the centre of the town but has moved to newer premises at the top of Hadham Road, allowing easier access out of the town via the bypass around Thorley.
The River Stort runs through the centre of town and had a ford crossing in the 16th century.
In 1769 the River Stort was made navigable and became a stop-off destination for mail coaches on
the way to Cambridge and London.
Bishops Stortford has changed vastly over the last thirty years, mainly due to the thousands of new homes on several huge housing developments.
The population has increased dramatically to over 40,000 and has become a very popular place to live especially with commuters to London.
The area has 20% higher managerial and professional households ( AB Social Grade classification) than the national average and is an affluent area.
The town has changed dramatically, but in my opinion, no longer has the ambience of what used to be a quaint market town.