Buntingford Town Centre has remained substantially unaltered over the last century. It's central Conservation area, which includes the River Rib is designated an area of outstanding architectural or historical interest. Many of it's buildings date from the 15th century. There has in the last 20 or so years been several developments on the perimeter of the town, but these have not to any great extent altered the atmosphere of the town. The town of 5000 inhabitants straddles the London to Cambridge road (The Roman Ermine Street) and has benefited from the opening of a bypass in 1987.