Stevenage, city (1991 pop. 74,757) and district, Hertfordshire, E central England. Stevenage was the first new town to be designated under the New Towns Act of 1946, a program to decentralize population and industry. Manufactures include cameras and photographic goods, aircraft supplies, and electronic equipment. The old town, probably of Saxon origin, was an important stop for stagecoaches several inns remain from that era.

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