Hatfield’s history is dates back from 970 AD and is well documented in an excellent resume published by Hatfield’s Local History Society at this link http://hatfieldhistory.uk/history.html

More recent historical developments have been attributed to Hatfield’s location and the excellent rail and road links it enjoys being an excellent attraction for businesses. None more famous that the De Havilland Aircraft Company and its founder Sir Geoffrey de Havilland, a pioneering aircraft designer who was originally based in a North London Suburb but purchased some farmland close to Hatfield and moved his flying club and flying commenced in 1930.

Known for its innovation, de Havilland were responsible for a number of important aircraft, including the Moth biplane hatfield's historywhich revolutionised general aviation in the 1920s, the 1930s Fox Moth, the first commercial transport able to operate without government subsidy,[citation needed] the wooden World War II Mosquito light bomber, and the passenger jet service pioneering Comet.

In 1934 there were significant improvements made to the property including the construction of various ‘Art-Deco’ style buildings incorporating a control tower. This proved a poignant target for bombers in 1940 although most of the buildings survived and remain today as Grade 11 listed monuments.

The De Havilland company became a member of the Hawker Siddeley group in 1960, but lost its separate identity in 1963. Today it is part of BAE Systems plc, the British aerospace and defence business. The whole area succumbed to redevelopment in the 1990’s and is now a thriving International Business Centre and the campus housing the University of Hertford.

The Hatfield Aerodrome History Trail was officially opened on 24 November 2010. It forms part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project by the University of Hertfordshire to mark the 80th anniversary of the opening of the airfield by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. The Trail is mapped out over a 4km route with 10 notices explaining places of interest that can followed by enthusiastic ramblers.