Welcome to the Abbots Langley Local History Society. Abbots Langley is a village
in Hertfordshire, England, situated between Watford and Hemel Hempstead, and close to St
Albans. The Society was formed in 1994 and our Internet presence was made in
February 2000. These pages give an insight into the functions of the Society and we
would be delighted to hear from anyone with an interest in Abbots Langley's history.
The Abbots Langley Local History Society was founded in 1994 as the result of an
initiative by the late Dennis Hubbard and the Parish Council. Its objectives are to
encourage interest in the recent and distant past history of the area, particularly the
landscape, buildings and, of course, the people. Members are encouraged to undertake
individual research projects, and to record history as it is being made now by
photographing and writing about significant events.
The name of Abbots Langley derives from 1045 when, it is recorded, a Saxon, Ethelwine
the Black and his wife Wynfelda, gave Langelei (denoting a long meadow or long
lea) to the Abbot and the monks of the monastery of St Albans, who for several hundred
years played an important part in the affairs of Abbots Langley.
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