Saturday, 12 October 2013

River Gade - Abbots Langley

River Gade
The Gade flows south eastwards

Urban area of Kings Langley crossed by the rail line, canal and the Gade - and Roman Akeman Street.  Among the houses is a charitable project funded by paper maker Dickinson

Post to the west Kings Langley
Post to the south Hunton Bridge
Post to the north Egg Farm Lane


Ash Close
Convent – demolished and replaced with housing 1990s.

Broomfield Rise
Divine Saviour Catholic Primary School

Gallows Hill
This is on the line of the original main road from London, Roman Akeman Street
Lodge to The Retreat

Unicorn Pub. The building is 17th but it could be older. The first record of it as licensed premises is in 1756. It is said that the inn sign used to show a Unicorn on each side with 'I believe in you' on one side and 'If you believe in me' on the other. 11 House from the 17 but altered in the 20th, It is timber framed with red brick nogging and whitewashed. T

Grand Union Canal
Home Park Farm Lock

Hunton Bridge
5th North Watford and Langleybury Scout Hut

Rosehill Gardens
Rosehill was home to George Turnbull (1809-1889) M.Inst.C.E., F.R.A.S., F.R.G.S an assistant to Telford and other engineering projects

Station Road
Kings Langley Station. The station is between Apsley and Watford Main Line Station on the West Coast Main Line from Euston and was originally opened in 1839. From 1909 the station it was known as Kings Langley & Abbots Langley, becoming Kings Langley in 1974. The station was not opened at the start of the line but following representations including from John Dickinson it was decided to open a ‘second class station here’. This was done in conjunction with the opening ceremony for the Booksellers Provident Retreat in 1839 and in 1846. From 1846 until 1923 it was part of the London and North Western Railway and then London Midland and Scottish until nationalisation in 1948.  In 1966 the railway was electrified
Home Park Farm

The Retreat
Booksellers Provident Retreat. In 1842 John Dickinson gave three acres of land to the Booksellers Provident Society. The foundation stone was in 1845, and the house was built to the designs of W. H. Cooper. It is in red brick in ‘Tudor Revival Style’. There is a decorative plaque which says 'Booksellers Provident Retreat'. The idea was to provide a retirement home for members of the Booksellers' Society. From 1965 modern bungalows were also built in the grounds. It is now run by the Book Trade Benevolent Society.  The house has seven flats and a library –plus a bust of Dickinson by Carlo Marchetti. In 1979 it was renamed Dickinson House.

Sources
British Listed Buildings. Web site
Dacorum Council. Web site
Divine Saviour Catholic Primary School. Web site
Hertfordshire Genealogy
Kings Langley Local History and Museum Society. Web site
Kings Langley Station. Wikipedia Web site.

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