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Shenley is a village in Hertfordshire, England, between Barnet and St Albans.
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<STRONG><FONT COLOR=#888888>sciene + leah (Old English: ’bright clearing’)
The history of Shenley stretches back a thousand years or more - it is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The name Shenley is based on the Anglo-Saxon Scenlai, Scenlei or Senlai, which means fair or bright clearing or wood
. In the early Middle Ages, south-west Hertfordshire was heavily wooded, with isolated farmsteads or hamlets in forest clearings. Shenley would have been one of these settlements.
By the 1300s, Shenley was considered to be a convenient parish for a country estate, being within reasonable reach of London. Its pure air, after the smoke and fog of the city made it a healthy place to live. The present village of Shenley apparently grew to accommodate the families of those providing a variety of services for the country estates of the gentry. Parish Registers, dating back to 1657, include service occupations such as coachmen, bailiffs, bakers and labourers. Others worked in agriculture, as cattle drovers, shepherds and millers. Craftsmen in Shenley included tailors, weavers, shoemakers, cordwainers, brick makers, blacksmiths and carpenters. Tiles and bricks were made in the area, due to the abundance of suitable clay.
Although many of Shenley's population were involved in humble occupations, the village was considered quite prosperous. In 1754 the village was assessed to be the sixteenth highest parish in the county (excluding the areas around St Albans) and by 1823, the rateable value of the parish was £9,796.00, with only nine other parishes in the county rating higher.
During the First World War, part of the land at Porters was requisitioned and used as an aerodrome. Later Mr Raphael sold the land to Middlesex County Council in 1924 and, several years later, two psychiatric hospitals were built on the land. The design was such that as many of the existing buildings as possible were incorporated, including the mansion, the walled garden, stables and coach houses. King George V and Queen Mary officially opened the hospital in 1934. During the Second World War, part of the hospital was used as a military hospital, with three thousand wounded soldiers being treated there.
Shenley Hospital remained in service for over 60 years. It was then sold off to property developers for housing. It was not without some trepidation that some of the old-time residents viewed what had been described as an annex to Shenley but what, in reality, would more than double the number of residences in the village. However, the development took place, but as well as houses, Shenley Park was developed and maintained for the enjoyment of the whole village. These included preserving the orchard and spinney for pleasant walks and recreation, landscaping the walled garden, which are often open to the public and host a number of events throughout the year, redeveloping the tennis courts to a high standard, and, more recently, the introduction of a teashop and play area.
Shenley is also home to the training ground of Arsenal Football Club, one of England's top football teams. It boasts state of the art facilities, and was opened in 2000.
Shenley also is home to the prestigious Shenley Cricket Centre which plays host to many womens and U19 international matches throughout the summer. At the heart of the Centre is the beautiful 19th Century Pavilion, originally designed by the legendary cricketer W.G Grace. The cricketing theme runs through many of the road names on the Porters Park housing estate.
|LOCATIONS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP|
: Shenley is a village in Hertfordshire, England, between Barnet and St Albans.
|NEARBY STREETS AND BUILDINGS ON THE UNDERGROUND MAP|
· A5183, WD7
· Aldenham 20, WD7
· Aldenham Road, WD7
· Allen Close, WD7
· Anderson Road, WD7
· Andrew Close, WD7
· Armstrong Gardens, WD7
· Bell Lane, WD7
· Beningfield Drive, WD7
· Birch Wood, WD7
· Black Lion Hill, WD7
· Boswell Close, WD7
· Cage Pond Road, WD7
· Church Close, WD7
· Cockle Way, WD7
· Common Lane, WD7
· Cox Close, WD7
· Crossoaks Lane, WD7
· Drop Lane, WD7
· Edgbaston Drive, WD7
· Emmitt Close, WD7
· Fielders Way, WD7
· Forest Lane, WD7
· Form Close, WD7
· Grace Avenue, WD7
· Green Street, WD7
· Greenwood Gardens, WD7
· Hadleigh Close, WD7
· Halliday Close, WD7
· Hamblings Close, WD7
· Harper Lane, WD7
· Harris Lane, WD7
· Hawksmoor, WD7
· Heath Way, WD7
· Hillcrest Road, WD7
· Hugo Gryn Way, WD7
· Juniper Gardens, WD7
· Kendall Hall Farm, WD7
· King Charles Road, WD7
· King Edward Road, WD7
· London Road, WD7
· Maddesfield Court, WD7
· Mead Road, WD7
· Meadow Avenue, WD7
· Meadow Close, WD7
· Meadow Mead, WD7
· Mimms Lane, WD7
· Mulberry Gardens, WD7
· Myers Close, WD7
· Nell Gwynn Close, WD7
· New Road, WD7
· Newcome Road, WD7
· North Avenue, WD7
· Oakridge Lane, WD7
· Oakway Place, WD7
· Pippin Close, WD7
· Porters Park Drive, WD7
· Pound Lane, WD7
· Queens Way, WD7
· Radlett Lane, WD7
· Raphael Close, WD7
· Rectory Lane, EN6
· Rectory Lane, WD7
· Ribston Close, WD7
· Ridgeway, WD7
· Russet Drive, WD7
· Shenley 13, WD7
· Shenleybury, AL2
· Shenleybury, WD7
· Silver Hill, WD7
· South Mimms Bypass, WD7
· Southerton Way, WD7
· The Lawns, WD7
· Trafford Close, WD7
· Trent Close, WD7
· Wards Lane, WD7
· Watford Road, WD7
· Watling Chase Trail, AL2
· Watling Chase Trail, WD7
· Watling Street, WD7
· Wayside, WD7
· Woodhall Lane, WD7
· Woodlands, WD7
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