If you’re thinking of moving to the Kings Langley area, this guide to the town and advice on local removals services may be useful.
Four bedroom properties in the Kings Langley area (Jan 2014) sold for between £400,000 and £650,000. Two bedroom flats in Kings Langley were available to rent at an average of around £1000-£1500 per calendar month.
The WD4 postcode includes the towns and villages of: Bucks Hill, Chipperfield, Hunton Bridge and Ruckler’s Lane
Kings Langley 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. The M25 motorway passes just to the south of the town (Junction 20) with the interchange with the M1 one junction to the East. The dual carriageway A41 by-passes the town, giving excellent access to the main road network.
Kings Langley Guide
Although often regarded as a small town, Kings Langley is officially still a village – albeit a fairly large one. This historic settlement, with origins which can be traced back to Roman times, is located 21miles to the north-west of London fringing the southern borders of the Chiltern Hills. Its excellent transport links with the capital now place it firmly within the London commuter belt, yet it retains its distinctive historic character – a feature which has made it a popular pied a terre with those looking to move house from London to the country. Kings Langley straddles two local government administrative areas with the major western portion of the village lying within the Borough of Dacorum while the remainder is within the Three Rivers district, both within the county of Hertfordshire.
Kings Langley was once the site of the royal palace of the Plantagenet kings of England, hence the royal connotations of the name. The impressive 12th Century parish church of All Saints maintains a royal connection, housing as it does the tomb of Edmund de Langley, the fifth son of Edward III and the first English Duke of York, and his wife, Isabella of Castille.
From its early royal connections to the early industrial revolution, Kings Langley was largely an agricultural community. The opening of the Grand Junction (later the Grand Union) Canal provided a direct transport link with London which allowed cheap access to market for local goods and produce. At least two local pubs, The Griffin and Boatman and The Lamb had stabling and facilities for canal horses. The pre-eminence of the canal did not last long, however, and the coming of the railway in 1839 allowed faster and more reliable transport of goods and, more particularly passengers to and from the capital.
In 1913, A Wander Ltd, better known by the trade-name of their product, Ovaltine, established a factory in Kings Langley. The company also bought two local farms to provide the barley, milk and eggs which were the principle constituent of the famous hot drink. The iconic art deco factory ceased production in 2002, but the building remains, now converted into up-market apartments.
Kings Langley today remains a largely unspoilt historic village. With Hemel Hempstead two miles to the north and Watford two miles to the south, and with excellent road links to both, the village provides a tempting escape to the country for those looking to move house from the hustle of London.
Kings Langley Removals
If the information we’ve given about Kings Langley has inspired you to think about moving to the area, you may also wish to think about our “Man and Van” service – Van Man in London. Since 2002, we have provided a reliable, efficient and competitive light removals service specialising in removals within London and the North London/Hertfordshire area. As locals ourselves, we have an excellent knowledge of the Kings Langley area and would be happy to provide a competitive quote for your removals and light haulage needs.