Portal:Hertfordshire

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Hertfordshire (/ˈhɑːrtfərdʃɪər/ (About this sound listen) or /ˈhɑːrfərdʃər/), commonly abbreviated as Herts, is a ceremonial and non-metropolitan county in the East region of England. It is the 14th most populous ceremonial county in England, home to over one million people. Hertfordshire is one of the Home Counties and lies inland, bordered by Greater London, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire (the unitary authorities of Luton and Central Bedfordshire), Cambridgeshire and Essex. Hertfordshire's county town is Hertford, with several other population centres including St Albans, the only city, and Watford, the county's most populous settlement. Despite a population density of 656 people per km2 (compared to the UK average of 255 people per km2), more than two thirds of the county is classified as rural.

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Sarah Brightman (born 14 August 1960) is an English crossover soprano, actress, songwriter and dancer, born in Berkhamsted. She sings in many languages including English, Spanish, French, Latin, German, Italian, Russian, Hindi, Mandarin and Japanese.

Brightman has established herself as the world's biggest selling soprano of all time, with worldwide sales of more than 26 million albums and over 2 million DVDs. She has 160 Gold and Platinum awards in 34 countries, and is the only artist to have held #1 spots on the Billboard Classical and Dance charts simultaneously. She is ranked by the Recording Industry Association of America as the best-selling female classical artist of the twenty-first century, and set a Guinness World Record with Time to Say Goodbye; the duet with Andrea Bocelli is the best-selling single in German recording history. Her personal assets have been estimated to be around £30m.

She was a dancer in troupes such as Hot Gossip, and later released a number of disco singles. She was a musical theatre performer and partner of theatre composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, with whom she originated roles including Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera. After her divorce from Lloyd Webber, Brightman became a crossover artist with former Enigma producer Frank Peterson. Her style is a blend of classical vocals and pop-inspired instrumentation and arrangement.


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Despite Hertfordshire having a population of 1,058,600 within an area of 1,634 km2 (403,770.2 acres), almost two-thirds of the county is rural. As of 2010, there are 43 sites of Special Scientific Interest in the county. Twenty-eight of these have been designated for their biological interest, six for their geological interest, and nine for both biological and geological interest. In England, the body responsible for designating SSSIs is Natural England, which chooses sites because of their flora, fauna, geological or physiographical features. Natural England took over the role of designating and managing SSSIs from English Nature in October 2006 when it was formed from the amalgamation of English Nature, parts of the Countryside Agency and the Rural Development Service. One such site is Therfield Heath (pictured), near Royston.


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This map depicts the locations of the major settlements within Hertfordshire. The line surrounding the lighter area shows the county's boundaries. The inner lines show the boundaries of the county's ten areas of local government. Grey areas depict areas of urban development.

According to the United Kingdom Census 2001, thirty settlements in Hertfordshire had a population of at least 5,000. These include Hertford, the county town, Watford, the most populous settlement, and St Alban's, the only city. Three settlements with populations of over 10,000 have been omitted from this map; Bushey, Croxley Green and Abbots Langley are situated to the immediate south, west and north of Watford respectively.

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