Imagine a world without pubs – its almost inconceivable. British pubs are an institution, the backbone of the village, the real local. A place to socialise and congregate, to enjoy a pint or a G&T, have a meal, watch sport, to celebrate or commiserate. Going down the pub is a rite of passage, an experience with muscle memory attached, for almost everyone who has grown up in Britain.
Yet our smaller pubs are declining, closing at an alarming rate. So take a couple of hours to enjoy a drink with friends or family and then have a quick wander past the local landmarks to imagine this Pub with a Past.
Kings Langley has evolved because of the people who lived here before us. Men, women and children who walked the same streets and breathed the same country air. They forged the landmarks that stand today and destroyed some we might wish were still here. They farmed the same soil, fished in the same river, travelled to London in the same direction (albeit somewhat slower) and most of all, they drank in the same pubs.
This village is steeped in history every way you turn. From the Roman villa found near the station, to the Royal Palace and the Friary, to the coaching inns on the High Street. From tenant farming to work in the mills – both flour and paper. To the arrival of the canal, the railway and the M25. To the Queens (and Kings) who lived here, to the Ovaltine and to Village of the Year 2012.
The purpose of this project is to bring alive some of the many stories of Kings Langley’s past. To connect you, the residents of today, with them, the residents of yesterday. To understand how their lives and stories have shaped this place, just as you and your lives here will shape it for the future.