Area Guide: Shenley is a popular parish to the south of St Albans
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Shenley is an attractive suburban area located in southwest Hertfordshire. Shenley’s Saxon name is taken from ‘Scheonley’, with the meaning fair clearing in the forest. It is poised between St.Albans and Barnet, in the Hertsmere district with a Radlett post code of (WD7). The parish of Shenley is located south of the county along the Middlesex border.
The parish is comprised of 4,075 acres of land with 15 acres of land covered with water. The main road going from London to St. Albans and the Midlands leads north and south of the Parish, with the old main road to London running through the northern area of the Parish.
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Residence in the Band A sector of Shenley can expect to pay for council tax charges at an estimated price of £1025.00 for a combined parish and borough charge, whilst the average Band D home owner would be paying a charge of £ 1537.50.
Properties in the area range from Houses, terraced, to flats. Properties are spacious and idyllically located close to local amenities and transport stations. The average price paid for a property in Shenley is around £490,107. Detached houses cost an average current value of £798,642, £517,908 for a semi detached house, £485,925 for a terraced property, and £287,089 for flats.
Shenley primary is school is located in the centre of Shenley village. According to the 2013 ofsted, the school has been classified as ‘good’. Achievement in English and mathematics standards are above average by the completion of year 6. Parents are highly satisfied with the quality of education received by their children.
The primary school specialises in Spanish as a foreign language, however intends to further broaden children’s knowledge by introducing other languages.
Another primary school, Clore Shalom is upheld with highly egalitarian and pluralist Jewish values. The school wishes to educate children about the Jewish faith, and instil an understanding and devotion to Israel. According to the ks2 results in 2015, 86% of students achieved a level 4 or above in reading, writing, and mathematics.
The 2015 ofstead considers Clore Shalom to be a school that requires improvement.
Manor lodge is an independent primary school for children aged 4-11 in Shenley. The school is directly situated by countryside, wildlife, and woodlands, to ensure a safe and open natural environment for children. The school was also awarded with the Eco School’s green flag award.
Independent school inspectorate considers the school to be ‘extremely successful’ in meetings its aims to ‘provide excellent teaching and learning opportunities within a caring environment.’
Transport links are quite close and easily accessible. The nearest transport link is Radlett railway station approximately a ten minute drive, or a 20 to 30 minute journey by public transport from Shenley. Local bus routes running from Shenley to other Hertfordshire counties and London are also close by.
Landmarks and History
Shenley was an area ideal for the crafting of tiles and bricks due to the plenitude of desirable clay. The village was thought to be a thriving place to live. In 1754 Shenley village was considered to be the sixteenth highest parish (excluding surrounding St. Albans areas).
Before the St. Peter’s church in London Colney, built in 1826, St. Botolph’s church was the village parish church for hundreds of years. After the construction of the church many properties within Shenley became part of the London Colney.
Due to the loss of congregation members, the Rector of Shenley, Thomas Newcombe, built another church in 1839; which is now the Parish church of Shenley- St.Martins.
Based along the village pond is the cage, other wise known as the ‘lock-up’. This domed- shaped construction, with a single arched wooden door, was a provisional prison, until the local constable removed them to be tried by the magistrates at Barnet court. The inscription ‘Do well. Fear not. Be sober. Be vigilant’ can be seen on the structure.
Sports and Leisure
Shenley Park is a charming park with an abundance of greenery and serene sites to enjoy on a day out. Play areas are available for children for outdoor entertainment, along with a tea room for pleasant afternoon tea and local cuisine.
Shenley village cricket club is located in Shenley Park.
Outdoor nets practice is held for the senior members during the cricket season.
A ju jitsu club is also based near Manor lodge school ideal for an extra curricular activity for children.
London Colney cricket club has been established in Shenley’s Green Street since 1994. The club is the base for the Shenley Colts for community support and interest. The club offers youth cricket training and activities throughout the year.
King William IV is a popular pub in Shenley. The pub hosts events year round including live music and traditional pub games, for an authentic Shenley experience. A small patio accompanied by a pub garden is also available for a peaceful meal and drink outdoors.
The white horse is a pub and country club located in Shenley Village just on the outskirts of north London. The comfortable wood interior in conjunction with low beam ceilings, accented by light coloured walls makes for a comfortable dining setting.
Open log fires, intimate lounging corners, and comfortable arm chairs are lovely features accessible to dining guests.
Seasonal menus with selected wines, ales, and lagers, are provided everyday from lunch until dinner.