Hatfield

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Hatfield,

town (1991 pop. 33,174), Hertfordshire, SE England. Hatfield was designated one of the new townsnew towns,
planned urban communities in Great Britain, developed by long-term loans from the central government and first authorized by the New Towns Act of 1946. The chief purpose of the act was to reduce congestion in the great cities (or at least prevent its increase) through
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 in 1948 to alleviate overpopulation in London. The plans for this new town were coordinated with those of nearby Welwyn Garden CityWelwyn Garden City
, town (1991 pop. 40,665), Hertfordshire, E central England. It is a garden city, founded by Ebenezer Howard in 1920, as well as one of the new towns. Its industries produce a variety of products, including radio and television sets.
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. Aircraft, engineering, and electronics manufacture are the town's most notable industries. Hatfield House, the Jacobean mansion built by the 1st earl of Salisbury, and Hatfield Polytechnic College are there.

Hatfield

a market town in S central England, in Hertfordshire, with a new town of the same name built on the outskirts: university (1992); site of Hatfield House (1607--11), the seat of the Cecil family. Pop.: 32 281 (2001)