The historic town of Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire, South East England, is just 24 miles (34 kilometres) northwest of London. As a New Town, it has expanded beyond all recognition since 1947.
Southend-on-Sea, often referred to as Southend, is a seaside town in the county of Essex in South East England. Being only 40 miles (64 kilometres) east of central London, it grew from a small fishing village in the 1790s to one of the UK’s most popular seaside resorts of the 19th and 20th centuries.
Just over a hundred years ago, the large seaside resort of Bournemouth in Dorset was a tiny seaside community in Hampshire. Since then it has seen a population boom, an expansion of its boundaries, war defences on its beaches and then the 1974 transfer to a different county.
The Isles of Scilly are physically cut off from the mainland and life there is different to most parts of the UK. So not surprisingly, cinema newsreels, TV broadcasters and British holidaymakers have all recorded the island’s people and landscapes throughout the past century.
Leominster, a market town in the English region of the West Midlands, is home to almost 12,000 people. That makes it the largest community in Herefordshire after the city of Hereford.
The English seaside town of Ryde is found on the north-east coast of the Isle of Wight. You can get there from Hampshire by taking a ferry to Ryde pier, or even by riding in a hovercraft!