In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Kings Langley like this:
KINGS-LANGLEY, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict in Hemel-Hempstead district, Herts. The village stands adjacent to the river Gade, the Grand Junction canal, and the Northwestern railway, 4½ miles NN-W of Watford; and has a station on the railway, a postoffice‡ under Watford, and fairs on 24, 25, and 26 June. ...
The parish includes also the hamlet of Chipperfield. Acres, 3, 461. Real property, £8, 252. Pop., 1, 509. Houses, 318. The property is divided among a few. The manor was given, by Edward I., to a Dominican priory here; went to the Grimstones, the Morisons, and the Earls of Essex; and belongs now to Robert Blackwell, Esq. The priory was founded, in the 13th centuryby Roger Lucey; was the burial place, in 1312, of Piers Gaveston, Earl of Cornwall; was enlarged and enriched, by Edward II., Edward III., and Edward IV., till it became the greatest house of its order in England; and was restored, as a nunnery, by Queen Mary. A royal palace was erected, on a spot near the church, by Henry III.; was the birthplace of Edmund de Langley, fifth son of Edward III.; was occupied, during one Christmas, by Edward II., -and, till the time of Queen Elizabeth, by the dowager queens; and is now represented by some crumbling remains. Tesselated tiles are frequently found in the fields. Paper making, brewing, malting, and straw-plaiting are carried on. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Valne, £464. * Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is early and later English; comprises nave and chancel, with embattled tower; contains a piscina, a brass of 1528, and a restored monument of Prince Edmund de Langley; and contained temporarily the remains of Richard II. The p. curacy of Chipperfield is a separate benefice. There are an Independent chapel, a national school, an indus trial school, and charities £49.The sub-district contains also two other parishes. Acres, £8, 318. Pop., 2, 908. Houses, 608.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Kings Langley, in Dacorum and Hertfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th March 2017
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