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  • Cecil John Rhodes (1853 - 1902)
    Cecil John Rhodes (1853-1902) was father of the De Beers Consolidated Mining Company and the British South Africa Company, as well as a major architect of British policy in southern Africa, founder of ...
  • William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Salisbury (1591 - 1668)
    William Cecil, 2nd Earl of Salisbury, KG (28 March 1591 – 3 December 1668), known as Viscount Cranborne from 1605 to 1612, was an English peer and politician. Cecil was the son of Robert Cecil, 1st E...
  • Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother (1900 - 2002)
    =The location of her birth remains uncertain, but reputedly she was born either in her parents' Westminster home at Belgrave Mansions, Grosvenor Gardens, or in a horse-drawn ambulance on the way to a h...
  • Graham Greene (1904 - 1991)
    Greene, (Henry) Graham (1904–1991), author, was born on 2 October 1904 at St John's, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, the fourth of six children of Charles Henry Greene (1865–1942), teacher, and his wife ...

Famous People Connected to Hertfordshire

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  • Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) philosopher, lived at Gorhambury House at St. Albans.
  • Thomas Bowes, violinist, was born in 1960 in Welwyn Garden City


  • Cecils of Hatfield House were piominant ministers of stae to both Elizabeth 1 and James 1
  • William Cowper (1731-1800) Christian Poet and hymn-writer lived in Berkhampsted



  • Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, (1900-2002) was born at St. Pauls' Waldenbury, near Hitchin.
  • Sir Arthur John Evans (1851-1941) British archaeologist most famous for unearthing the palace of Knossos on the Greek island of Crete and for developing the concept of Minoan civilization from the structures and artifacts found there and elsewhere throughout the eastern Mediterranean. Born in Nash Hills



  • Henry Graham Greene, (1904-1991) novelist, born in Berkhampsted
  • Sir Hugh Carleton Greene KCMG, OBE (1910–1987) was a British journalist and television executive. He was the Director-General of the BBC from 1960―1969, and is generally credited with modernising an organisation that had fallen behind in the wake of the launch of ITV in 1955. He was the brother of Graham Greene, the English novelist.


  • Sir Ebenezer Howard (29 January 1850 – May 1, 1928) is known for his publication Garden Cities of To-morrow (1898), the description of a utopian city in which people live harmoniously together with nature. The publication resulted in the founding of the garden city movement, that realized several Garden Cities in Great Britain at the beginning of the 20th century - including Welwyn Garden City.







  • Nicholas Breakspear - the only British Pope (Adrian IV, 1154-59) was born in Bedmond near Abbots Langley.









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