TOWN FOCUS: BISHOP'S STORTFORD

One of Hertfordshire's prettiest and most thriving market towns, Bishop's Stortford is convenient for Stansted Airport and also for trains into the city of London. It also boasts 90 acres of parks and open spaces that help it feel 'rural'.

It's an interesting town, with lots to see. I love the fact that the river is named after the town, not the other way around. There's a long story about the origins of the name in 1060 when the Bishop of London bought the Stortford manor and then 16th century map makers who decided it must be a ford over the river Stort and hence named the river.

There's also a missing castle, although you can see where it once stood.

Most famous son of the town is probably Sam Smith, who attended St Mary's Catholic School and won the 2014 BRITS Critics' Choice award. For the more mature of us who remember Rhodesia, Cecil Rhodes was the son of the vicar before founding what has now become Zimbabwe as well as the De Beers diamond company.

Culture is an important part of life in the town, which also boasts a number of successful and popular state and private schools.

It's well worth a visit to the town, especially on market days (Thursday and Saturday).

We have lots of active #HertsHour tweeters in Bishop's Stortford, so they're obviously keen on social media there. Send us your tweets when you visit and remember to #HertsHour!