Hemel Hempstead gets a facelift - the old meets the new.
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.
Hemel Hempstead new town is shown - modern architecture, mosaic murals, modern sculpture etc. Narrator speaks of how the town is the pride of modern developers. "But new building means new problems - what to do with the old?" Interesting commentary about how the new shopping centre has taken trade around from the old town.
Shots of the old town being revitalised, it is being rebuilt with help from the civic trust. It is now a conservation area. Lots of building work around the ancient buildings. Retaining and preserving the ancient while constructing the modern is a scheme never before attempted in a new town states the narrator. Planners are making the old fit with the new.
Various shots of a cobbled street being remade, a "Royal Oak" sign being repainted, building facades being restored etc. Various C/Us of parts of the old town including ancient lampposts, "The Spinning Wheel", the town pump, etc. Old and new lampposts are contrasted, post box and no parking sign are seen. "The Flower Box" shop front and general views of shops in the town.
Note: interesting commentary about the old town and the new town. Trying to preserve the integrity of the old town without it turning into a museum piece. "Urban preservation has a place in the space age" states the narrator.