The Story of New Town Development
by Scott Hastie & Lynne Fletcher
Dacorum Borough Council, 1997
While this book covers a period which is too modern to be relevant to most people's genealogy, it is an excellent history, well illustrated, and written by a highly competent historian. It describes the first 50 years of the "New" Hemel Hempstead. As such it is an essential read for anyone who lives there and wants to know about its history, and will also interest anyone whose ancestors lived in the area who wants to know what is there now, and why.
Newly built houses in Chambersbury Lane, 1953