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In 1865, George Wander, a Swiss chemist, devised a new malted barley nutritional drink called Ovaltine. The company bought Parsonage Farm at Abbots Langley and Numbers Farm at Kings Langley in the 1900s, and the Ovaltine model farm was established at Langley in 1929. It was modelled on the farm created by Louis XIV for Marie Antoinette. By the 1950s, Ovaltine employed 1,400 staff at Langley - the lives of few local people were not influenced by the company or its suppliers. The poultry farm kept one of the largest flocks of laying poultry - over 50,000 White Leghorns - whilst the dairy farm at Bedmond Road boasted a herd of prize-winning pedigree Jersey cattle. By the late 1960s, demand for the product had dropped and parts of the farm had fallen into disrepair; in 1975, the 185ft Ovaltine chimney, which had been built using a quarter of million bricks for £7000, was demolished at a cost of £8000.

Other Memories from Abbots Langley

In the 1950s at 4yrs old, I attended St Salvadoris Convent in Kitters Green, Abbots Langley. I was so happy there. My teacher was Sister Bernosa and the Head teacher Sister Jemma. I understand the Convent burnt down and the flats built. In later years when married, I lived on the corner of Garden Rd and Breakpeare Road and also in a cottage opposite the now gone Apex Garage. Does anyone have any information ...see more

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.

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 another cousin, Mary, who lived next door to them and we put everyone's coats at her house. It was ...see more

I'm not too sure of what years to mention apart from some happy memorys of the Ovaltine as a young lad with my mum and dad. David my dad was the village postman for many years and mum Annie was a local florist in the village. Ernie and Edna Edwards lived on the Ovaltine for many years in the main farmhouse, many years of fun and good times with me being found in the paddock with one of the prize ...see more

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