Abbots Langley, Breakspear College, South Side c.1960

Abbots Langley, Breakspear College, South Side c.1960

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Originally known as Langley House, this was the home of Robert Henty, brother of G A Henty and of Lord Kindersley, Director of the Bank of England. In 1928 the Salvatorian Fathers of Wealdstone bought Langley House, and part of it became the Roman Catholic church for the area. By 1930, a school had been established in the stables under Sisters Claudia and Ellidia. It was known as Breakspear College in memory of Nicholas Breakspear, Pope Adrian IV, who was born at Abbots Langley. The property was sold in 1986 to Dr John Munro, who converted it into an allergy clinic. Today it is empty and boarded up, awaiting planning permission for the main house to be broken up into individual dwellings.

Memories of Abbots Langley

Pridgeons Ltd Our Family Shop In Breakspeare Road

Pridgeons Ltd, in Garden Road, Abbots Langley was our family business from the 1940s until it was sold in 1972.  My grandfather Cyril Pridgeon and my grandmother Dorothy Pridgeon started the business. Then my father and mother Peter and Dorothy Pridgeon took over.  It was a ...Read full memory


I remember visiting the Ovaltine Dairy Farm as a child & into my teenage years, my uncle worked on the farm. My uncle & aunt Charlie & Mary Jones & their family lived in the right hand cottage in the photo, until he retired as far as I remember.

Marlin Square

I lived next door to your last writer, Denise.  Her father was my cousin. I was married in 1964 at St Lawrence Church where my parents were also married. I had my wedding reception at my home in Marlin Square. Denise's parents had all the wedding gifts on show at their house as there was no more room in ours. I had ...Read full memory

Service Quarters Sabine House

We had a lovely middle floor flat here, while my husband was at HMS Warrior, RAF Northwood. Our son was born at the then new maternity hospital, Shrodells at Watford.  We had a balcony, and one evening when all our husbands were working, it was three floors, 'The Birds'  horror film was on, so ...Read full memory

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