Monday, 7 October 2013

River Gade Abbots Langley

River Gade
The Gade flows south eastwards

A semi rural area between Abbotts Langley and Hemel Hempstead.  Crossed by the canal, the Gade and the railway - which has original bridges. The area includes pubs, sports grounds and angling facilities.

Post to the north Abbot's Hill
Post to the south Kings Langley

Grand Union Canal
For most of this square the canal is also the Gade, which was reconstructed when he canal was built.
Kings Langley Skew Railway Bridge.  This was built in 1837 under Robert Stephenson, as engineer, for the London and Birmingham Railway. It was an Iron bridge originally but reinforced in concrete in the 20th. The arch has a 20m span and some of original iron spandrels are visible.
Railway Pipe Bridge
Kings Langley Winding Hole

Harthall Lane
Railway Bridge. At 13 ft. This bridge is thought to be exceptionally low. It has a bracket waymark on the south side.

Hempstead Road
The Young Pretender. This is a Premier Inn Hotel, previously called Millers.  It seems to be in an early 20th house called Whitlars, which became the Langley Hotel.
Kings Langley Methodist Church. Built in 1925.
Gaywoods Park Football Ground. Gaywoods are a local firm of demolition and other contractors

Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill Playing Fields
Footpath to a passage under the railway line, leading eventually to Hartshall Lane
69 The Old Chapel. 1875. This was a Baptist chapel, disused for worship before 1939 and replaced by Christ Church at The Nap.

Railway Terrace
Railway Bridge. This carries the railway over the road. It was built in 1837 when Robert Stephenson was engineer to the London and Birmingham Railway. It has a brick skew arch with stone facings.
Hertfordshire County Council Transport Depot
7 Railway Arms. This is now a private house but the gantry for the inn signs remains outside.
Pool. Used by Kings Langley Angling Society

Woodlands Road
Woodlands  Farm. Once a pig and poultry farm this is now used for sheep

Sources
British Listed Buildings. Web site
Canalplan. Web site
Kings Langley History Society. Web site
Kings Langley Methodist Church. Web site.
Three Rivers Council. Web site,.
Watford Observer. Web site
Waymarking. Web site
World Low Bridges. Web site
Young Pretender. Web site

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