A brief guide to Abbots Langley, particularly aimed at those who may be considering moving to the area, including information on local removal services.
Availability of property in and around Abbots Langley is relatively limited and demand can often mean higher prices. Four bedroom properties in the Abbots Langley area (Jan 2014) sold for between £450,000 and £700,000. Two bedroom flats in Abbots Langley were available to rent at an average of around £1000-£1500 per calendar month.
The WD5 postcode includes the villages of Abbots Langley, Langleybury and Bedmond.
Kings Langley is the nearest main line railway station, approximately 2 miles by road, and is on the main line into London Euston, with trains at around 30 minute intervals at peak times and a journey time of 30 minutes. Luton Airport is 11 miles and Heathrow 17 miles by road. Junction 20 of the M25 motorway with the dual carriageway A41 is 1.5 miles to the west of the town with the motorway interchange with the M1 one junction further to the East.
Abbots Langley is the most northerly parish in the Three Rivers district of Hertfordshire. Abbots Langley itself is officially classified as a large village, but the adjoining smaller communities of Langleybury and Bedmond are generally considered to form part of the settlement. The village centres around the Parish Church of St Lawrence the Martyr, dedicated as early as 1154, which contains a memorial to Pope Adrian, born in Bedmond around 1100 as Nicholas Breakespeare, who, in 1154, became the only Englishman ever to hold the office of Pope. Just to the south of the village is the site of the former Rolls Royce Leavesden Aerodrome, originally used for aircraft testing, which is now the home of Leavesden Film Studios where films as diverse as Bond’s Goldeneye and the Harry Potter series have been made.
The distinction between the two “Langleys”, Kings Langley and Abbots Langley, dates from the mid 11th century when the Saxon theign, Ethelwine, granted the upper part of the village of Langley to the Abbot of St Albans, a gift subsequently confirmed by the king, Edward the Confessor. The land gifted to the Abbey of St Albans became Abbot’s Langley while the remainder was retained by the monarch as King’s Langley.
The village remained under the control of St Albans Abbey until the dissolution of the monasteries when, in 1539, Henry VIII seized the manor and gifted it to one of his loyal commanders, Sir Richard Lee.
Abbots Langley has remained a largely rural and agrarian settlement ever since. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the area around the village played host to a number of large estates and fine houses built by wealthy Londoners seeking to move to a place in the country but still within easy access of the social life of the capital. Of course, Abbots Langley is still regarded as a desirable house moving destination for those with connections in London; and for many of the same reasons that attracted well-heeled London society in Georgian and early Victorian times. The village’s excellent transport links with the capital and the quiet, timeless charm of the area have made it one of the most sought after of all Hertfordshire’s house moving destinations.
Abbots Langley Removals
Van Man in London is a locally based removals and light haulage company with over 12 years’ experience of offering a man and van service in the area around Abbots Langley, including Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and into Central London. Our friendly, flexible and efficient service provides a refreshingly different approach to larger removal companies and our surprisingly capacious Luton vans are ideal for the narrow country lanes around Abbots Langley. If you’re looking to move house to Abbots Langley or the surrounding area, we would be only too pleased to discuss your requirements and provide you with a competitive quote.