Baldock lies in North Hertfordshire, beside the A1(M).
The town is one of the county's oldest settlements, marking the intersection of two ancient roads: Icknield Way and the Great North Road (A1). The prehistoric Icknield Way, said to be 'the oldest road in Britain', extends from Buckinghamshire to Norfolk and was old when the Romans invaded the country.
Today the main road into Baldock off the A1(M) follows the course of this ancient route.
Although Baldock dates back at least to Roman times, the present town was established by the Knights Templar in the 12th century. Baldock was an important malting and brewing centre and also thrived as a coaching town.
The width of the High Street indicates the town's importance as a staging post. The town has retained its historic character with most of the buildings in the centre dating from before the mid-19th century.
The impressive parish church of St Mary has a 14th century tower with a 'spike' steeple.
Towns Near Baldock To Visit - straight line distance:Letchworth (1.78 miles) Hitchen (4.14 miles) Stevenage (6.02 miles) Shefford (7.09 miles)