Travelling around Ware
Ware is a small town in Hertfordshire, England. It sits in a glorious position, surrounded by the rolling countryside of the Home Counties and on the gently flowing banks of the River Lea. There have been people living in this spot for many thousands of years, and that’s reflected in the number and variety of listed buildings you’ll see when you take a stroll around the town centre.
Many of the timber-framed buildings along the High Street date back as far as the 14th century, and Ware itself is mentioned in The Canterbury Tales. Even the local council offices are built in the remains of a 14th-century Priory, but Ware is by no means stuck in the past.
Its direct rail links to London Liverpool Street station make Ware an obvious choice for London workers looking for a quieter way of life, and Arriva buses run throughout the local area, and as far afield as Hertford and Welwyn Garden City.
Archaeological findings show that people lived in Ware long before the Romans first came to the UK. Once the Romans arrived, they built a settlement there, and the presence of the Old North Road out of London meant that Ware flourished for many years as a stopping off point for coach and horses. From the 1600s onward, Ware became a centre for the production of malt, which was then taken away on barges to be turned into beer in the breweries of London. Although the industry no longer exists, the importance it once held is commemorated by the Maltmaker Statue outside St Mary’s Church.