Unholy row as Bishop directs righteous indignation at list which branded Hatfield ‘ugly’ and ‘dull’

PUBLISHED: 11:56 14 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:54 14 August 2013

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans


THE compiler of a list which ranked Hatfield in the top 10 ugliest and dullest towns in the UK has incurred the wrath of a senior bishop.

An unholy row has erupted over the survey website Cr*p Towns Returns.

Hatfield was rated ninth ugliest town and eighth dullest.

But the denigration of a town in his flock as ‘ugly’ and ‘dull’ has been slammed by the Bishop of St Albans.

The Rt Revd Dr Alan Smith was said to be “fed up with insults lobbed at towns in his diocese”.

And he blasted the “superficial” distractions of modern Britain.

He said: “Public discourse is veering ever more towards the nasty and superficial.

“As a nation we are becoming obsessed with outward appearances.

“It’s clear to me that the people who voted don’t really know the communities who live in Hatfield, especially the many who work with the numerous churches, charities and voluntary bodies there which make such a difference.”

He added: “Not only that, but Hatfield is the home of an outstanding university and has the open spaces around historic Hatfield House.”

The list, released today (Wednesday), put Hemel Hempstead as the ugliest town and Banbury as the dullest.

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