We are thinking of buying a house in hitchin. Doing some research online, it seems like westmill, wallsworth and purwell are to be avoided. Would you concur with that? We went to purwell and though it was ok, overlooking hitchin on one side and fields on another...
My grandma has lived up purwell for most of her life and has never had a problem. I have only lived in Hitchin since October but never known anything major to happen as yet. I live by William Ransom School, opposite ninesprings estate and its a lovely quite little area x
I think Hitchin is very much a place where you can look and see if you would be happy in a given location. Some parts of Westmill made me a bit uncomfortable, but other roads in that area (not part of Westmill but nearby) seem fine.
Not really sure what you are including in 'Walsworth' but I live near Walsworth Road and have never had any problems there. Its not the quietest part of town but thats what you get when you live near good transport links and the town centre. I feel quite safe walking around including late at night as its always quite busy.
Purwell also seems okay to me. I've looked at houses over there and they are nice.
I am about to move (looking to get a bigger place now we have DD, 2 cats and two gaming PCs ). Within 1 mile of the station (so everything east of Bedford Road and north of Stevenage Road pretty much I am avoiding Sunnyside and Common Rise and thats about it.