Photos show how Herts’ major high streets have changed in 10 years

The high streets in Hertfordshire’s towns are packed with various fashion brands, restaurants, coffee shops and pubs – and not one is the same.

Despite many high street retailers closing in some towns, they have been replaced with quirky cafes, vintage household item stores or beauty salons, where residents now have a variety of options to choose from.

It’s been a tough time for high street businesses during the pandemic, worsening what was already a difficult situation brought about by the rapid growth of internet shopping.

But while more and more people are now buying their favourite items online, the high street will always be an important scene for those who can’t shop, or don’t want to shop, any other way.

Particularly for the elderly population, our town centres are invaluable places. Not only for shopping but also for the social aspect of having a welcoming and friendly place to visit.

That’s exactly what Hertfordshire has to offer, and it’s interesting to see how much our shopping hubs have changed over the last decade.

We’ve put together a set of photos from our county’s major high streets to see how much has changed in 10 years.

HertsLive – Hemel Hempstead