About Shenley Estates

ABOUT SHENLEY ESTATES

Shenley Estates was established in 2003 to satisfy the increasing demand for a professional accredited estate agency with a strong focus on Shenley.  

We are the most qualified to sell or market local properties with a wealth of experience in both property and sales, and with sought after accreditations from three of the leading estate agency governing bodies we are committed to providing the highest level of service, with a strong commitment to quality. We are members of the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors), the NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents) and The Property Ombudsman.

 

  • Highly skilled and qualified team of professionals with in-depth local knowledge
  • Modern in our approach, with state of the art technology and traditional values
  • Available 24 hours a day, we aim to provide the best service for buyers, sellers, landlords and tenants
  • Fully interactive and user friendly website designed with the end-user in mind
  • Prime office location with free and convenient parking right next to Tesco’s - an ideal location in the heart of Shenley
  • Friendly, personal approach to the buying, selling or renting of your ‘home’
  • Strongly committed to working with the local community and actively work with and support local charities and organisations
  • Comprehensive service in Sales, Lettings and Property Management and have an in-house chartered surveyor
  • Extensive advertising on many leading websites including Rightmove, Prime Location and Zoopla
  • Broad database of applicants matching quality buyers & tenants to properties
  • Out of hours accompanied viewings
  • Hi-spec property details, many with floorplans and professional photography
  • Shenley Estates is ‘The’ Shenley Estate Agent and we look forward to welcoming you through our doors

ABOUT SHENLEY

Road, Rail and Bus Links

Shenley is well appointed with easy access to First Capital Connect stations at Radlett and Elstree & Borehamwood – with access to both the City and West End.  With Eurostar running from St Pancras, Paris is never far away!   There are regular bus services locally with buses to and from Borehamwood, Radlett, Watford, St Albans and Hatfield.

Located just minutes away from the M25 (Junction 22), M1, A1(M) at South Mimms and the A1/A41 roads to London, Shenley is very well placed for driving to both Central London and Luton Airport and beyond!

Schools

Shenley has two schools, in the village is Shenley Primary School and in Shenleybury there is Clore Shalom, a Jewish primary school. There is a selection of nurseries, including a purpose built Busy Bees Nursery plus regular playgroups at other local venues.

The area is well served with State, Grammar and Independent, schools.

Shopping & Retail Therapy

There are two main large shopping centres within 20 minutes of Shenley - Intu in Watford, and Brent Cross. Just minutes away there is the Colney Fields Shopping Park where there is a large ‘hypermarket’ size Sainsbury’s and a Marks & Spencer superstore, plus Next, Boots, Accessorize, Monsoon, TK Maxx and New Look (with Starbucks). 

In Porters Park there’s a popular parade of shops that includes Shenley Estates, Crown Pharmacy, Tesco Express with cash dispenser and the local fish & chip shop and Chinese takeaway.  At either end of the parades are the local doctor’s surgery and Busy Bees Nursery.  In the village itself, there is a general store and post office and its own car lot and garage.

In Borehamwood there is an abundance of shops and a Tesco superstore and retail park featuring many high street names.  Radlett has a selection of boutique style shops, banks, restaurants, hairdressers and our Radlett branch of Aitchisons

Wine and Dine

At one end of the Village there is the very popular White Horse, a lovely gastro pub with a superb range of wines and beers.  At the other end of the village you can find the Black Lion Basmati – a flourishing Indian restaurant with bar.  In the middle of the village is the more traditional pub, the King William IV offering good old fashioned hospitality and more traditional bar snacks and sandwiches.

In the parade in Porters Park is the local takeaway offering Fish & Chips and home-cooked Chinese.  Just a few minutes’ drive to Ridge and you will find the lovely Old Guinea pizzeria and pasta restaurant.  A converted and modernised old public house, the Old Guinea retains a bar and its old charm and benefits from outstanding views over Hertfordshire.

Shenley Park has its own tea room – Café in the Orchard.  This is a hub for the local community and popular with visitors too.  Open 7 days a week from breakfast time, this is a lovely place to enjoy anything from brunch, morning coffee, lunch to afternoon tea.

Religious

Shenley has three established churches - Anglican at St. Martin’s, Shenley Methodist Chapel and the Catholic Church, the Church of the Good Shepherd.  These are pivotal to community life in Shenley and in 2001 the Shenley United Synagogue was established.

Parks and Parkland

Shenley is a beautiful area with many local walks taking in winding country paths and lanes, woodland, the many acres of Shenley Park, the pubs and some of the historic sites in Shenley.  In addition to the parkland, there is Cow Banks Wood and the playing fields in the heart of Shenley Village that hosts the annual Village Fete.

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History

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, southwest Hertfordshire was heavily wooded, with isolated farmsteads or hamlets in forest clearings. Shenley would have been one of these settlements.

By the 14th century, 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 tearooms and play area.

Shenley Park has over 45 acres on the former Shenley Hospital site. This land was set aside for the benefit of the local community and is a charitable trust run by local trustees.

Of particular interest are the woodland and meadow areas and the unique apple orchard with over 90 fruit varieties. A walled garden is also open to the public. A pleasant two mile circular footpath link is now in place around the whole redevelopment site.

Recently open and situated in the heart of Shenley Village, adjacent to the Village Hall is the offices of the local parish council – known as ‘The Hub’ and ably managed by the Parish Clerk. Open weekdays, do pop in and find out what is happening with the Parish Council.

Located on the outskirts of Shenley is the training ground of Arsenal Football Club.  It boasts state of the art facilities, and was opened in 2000.

Shenley is also home to the Shenley Cricket Centre, which plays host to many women's and U19 international matches throughout the summer. At the heart of the centre is the 19th century pavilion, originally designed by W. G. Grace. The cricketing theme runs through many of the road names on the Porters Park housing estate.

At the ‘heart’ of Shenley Village is the old cage or ‘lock up’ by the central pond which bears the inscription 'Do well and fear not. Be sober and vigilant'. Hertsmere's Borough motto is drawn from the first part of this phrase.  Situated adjacent to Shenley Pond, this is a focal point for the village and after an full refurbishment in 2012, is a pleasant meeting spot and an area to sit on one of the new benches, including our very own Shenley Estates bench and contemplate, watching the ducks and maybe spot the resident heron.