Swans on the Grand Union canal, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. A picture of: Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Hemel Hempstead /ˈhɛməl ˈhɛmpstɪd/ is a new town in Hertfordshire, England. Located 24 miles (39 km) northwest of London, it is part of the Greater London Urban Area. The population according to the 2001 Census was 81,143, and at the 2011 census was 94,932. Developed after the Second World War as a new town, it has existed as a settlement since the 8th century and was granted its town charter by King Henry VIII in 1539.