Cheshunt lies between the two main town centres of the Borough - Hoddesdon and Waltham Cross. It grew out of a settlement on the Roman road known as Ermine Street Most likely in the historic Churchgate area. The name Cheshunt is derived from the old English name Cestrehunt (as recorded in the Domesday book of 1086) and as shown on Cheshunt Urban District's original coat of arms. It is twinned with Stains in northern France.
Its centre is marked by the Old Pond Fountain, a feature installed when the Old Pond area was developed in the 1950s and 60s. Currently the Council is looking at a strategy to make further improvements to the area and as part of this has recently helped to establish a business forum.
The east of Cheshunt is entirely bordered by the lakes and parkland of the Lee Valley Park. Residents and Visitors can also enjoy the beautiful Cheshunt and Cedars park as well as a number of green spaces. Both the River Lea and the New River run through the ara. It is served by two rail stations - Cheshunt in Windmill Lane and Theobalds on the border with Waltham Cross. It has two hotels and a Youth Hostel
Boasting a number of sporting attactions Cheshunt is lucky to host a football and rugby club, two bowls clubs and a sports centre. Golfers can enjoy the 18 hole golf course in Cheshunt Park and cyclists can make the most of the Sustrans National Cyle Route 1.
Cheshunt has a long and varied history and has been home to a number of well known people. Royal residents at Theobalds included Elizabeth 1 before she became Queen and King James 1. Cardinal Thomas Wolsey lived at Cheshunt Great House, the remains of which can been seen in Peace Close open space. In World War Two an American B-24 Liberator crashed in a field in Cheshunt, the brave pilot Lieutenant Ellis managing to avoid houses and preventing a potential loss of civilian lives. More recently it has been the home of a selection of celebrities including:
- Singer Cliff Richard
- Michael Birch, founder of social media platform Bebo in 2005
- Premiership footballer David Bentley
- Model Linda Lusardi
- Olympic Cyclist Laura Kenny (nee Trott) - In 2014 the Laura Trott Leisure Centre was formally open by Laura