Located in Hertfordshire in the East of England, Hemel Hempstead is a large town northwest of London. Developed after World War II as a new town, it has existed as a settlement for far longer. It is a very populous town, with a number of district designed around a parade or square of shops in a neighbourhood centre. What once used to be agricultural land, Jarman Park, is currently the central leisure location in the town. It is home to a multitude of heavy and light engineering companies, as well as information technology and telecommunications companies.