Cecil Rhodes, the English-born founder of the De Beers diamond company and an extremely prominent figure in southern African history, was born in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire. The town now boasts a Rhodes Arts Complex which includes the house Cecil Rhodes was born in, now the site of the Bishop's Stortford Museum.
Bishop's Stortford is not far from London and many City bankers make the town their home. It is the closest town to Stansted Airport and so is home to many people working at the airport and its related hotels and venues. Residents of surrounding Essex villages do their shopping and other errands in Bishop's Stortford. The current population is around 35,000 and the town is anticipated to grow to 50,000 in the near future.
The comedian Russell Brand was schooled in Bishop's Stortford.