Place:Shenley, Hertfordshire, England

Alt namesScenlaisource: Domesday Book (1985) p 138
Scenleisource: Domesday Book (1985) p 138
Senlaisource: Domesday Book (1985) p 138
Coordinates51.683°N 0.267°W
Located inHertfordshire, England
See alsoDacorum Hundred, Hertfordshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Cottesloe Hundred, Buckinghamshire, Englandhundred in which it was located
Barnet Rural, Hertfordshire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1941
Elstree Rural, Hertfordshire, Englandrural district of which it was part 1935-1941
Hertsmere District, Hertfordshire, Englanddistrict municipality covering part of the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

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Shenley is a village and civil parish in Hertfordshire, England, between Barnet (now in Greater London and St. Albans. The village is located 18.7 miles from Central London.

It was originally a detached parish in the Dacorum Hundred and also in the Cottesloe Hundred of Buckinghamshire.

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.

The population, according to the 2011 UK census, was 4,306.

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