Visit Abbots Langley and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire. It was in this village that the only English pope was born, 800 years ago. Nicholas Break-spear by name, he became Hadrian IV. He was the son of a poor man who entered St Alrans monastery and left him to his own resources.
Langley House, now Breakspear Roman Catholic College, was built in commemoration of him in 1770.
The large, square vicarage, also Georgian. lies behind the church, and the manor house, gabled and cemented, is to the South West of it.
St Lawrence's Church is of great architectural interest, with Norman arcades and a low west tower with diagonal buttresses which are of the 13th century as can be seen from the small lancet windows. The nave, of two bays, is short and the chancel lower than the nave. There are Perpendicular windows and the south chancel is very fine, its exterior of flint and stone mixed with brick, whereas the rest of the church is of flint with stone dressings. The chancel has interesting frescoes and the octagonal font is Perpendicular with quatrefoil embodying shields. There are many monuments of note, one in the south chapel to Dame Anne Raymond, a dignified and elegant figure: against one of the aisle walls is the semi-reclining figure of Lord Raymond, dated 1732.
The Model Cottages were erected in 1896 at Prince Albert's request, in his efforts to improve the conditions of the working classes. They were first seen at the Great Exhibition in 1851 and were meant to be models for improved flats.
Adjacent cities/towns/villages: Berkhamsted, Borehamwood, Bovingdon, Bricket Wood, Bushey, Bushey Heath, Chalfont, Chalfont St Giles, Chalfont St Peter, Chenies, Chipperfield, Chorleywood, Chorleywood West, Colney Heath, Croxley Green, Edgware, Elstree, Flaunden, Garston, Great Gaddesden, Harefield, Harrow Weald, Hatch End, Hemel Hempstead, Kings Langley, Latimer, Leavesden Green, Leverstock Green, Little Chalfont, Little Gaddesden, London Colney, Mill Hill, Northchurch, Northwood, Park Street, Radlett, Redbourn, Rickmansworth, Sandridge, Sarratt, Shenley, St. Albans, Stone Grove, Watford, Wheathampstead
Have you decided to visit Abbots Langley or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Abbots Langley bed and breakfast (a Abbots Langley B&B or Abbots Langley b and b)
- a Abbots Langley guesthouse
- a Abbots Langley hotel (or motel)
- a Abbots Langley self-catering establishment, or
- other Abbots Langley accommodation