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HISTORY CHAT: Church warden’s sold-out talk delves into Kings Langley’s royal history

 Published on: 28th July 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Kings Langley community turned out for a sold-out talk about the history of the village, led by village warden Paul Hier, last month.

Held at All Saints Church on Wednesday, July 19, the talk discussed the heritage of the village with a particular focus on the former Kings Langley Palace, which was built in the 13th century.

Paul was also joined by historian and author Michael Long ,who spoke about his new book on the palace, titled Palace Lives.

Speaking about the talk, Paul said: “I was aware that there seemed to be an appetite among the local community to learn more about the history that put the village on the map, and so I was inspired to share my knowledge by doing a talk about it.

“The 800-year-old All Saints Church seemed to be a very fitting venue for the talk as it has a long association with the palace and those that lived there – not least because in its royal chapel it houses the tomb of Edmund de Langley, the first Duke of York, who was born, lived, died and was originally buried at the palace.

“My talk covered the palace’s inception by Queen Eleanor de Castile, wife of Edward I, through its halcyon days of several notorious Plantagenet kings and queens to its final days during Henry VIII’s abolition of the monasteries.

“The local interest in the talk was incredible. Tickets were sold out and people were queuing down the road to get in. It ended up being standing room only and I believe people without pre-booked tickets were being turned away. This shows the level of interest in the significant history of Kings Langley and its impressive royal heritage.”

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