5 Things About Apsley That Not Everyone Knows |
Whether you’re seeking the most convenient place to stay on your visit to Hertfordshire, a well-equipped meeting room or a wedding venue that you and your beloved will remember for the finest reasons for the rest of your lives, Apsley has much more to offer than you might think.
In fact, it’s all provided in a single venue – Shendish Manor, which has graced this charming old mill town in one form or another for centuries.
But when you’re comparing hotels, golf clubs and Wedding Venues In Apsley, you might also be interested to know some of the following interesting and quirky facts.
1. The name ‘Apsley’ is Anglo-Saxon in origin and means aspen wood.
2. The village is strongly associated with John Dickinson, who invented a continuous mechanised papermaking process that would play an instrumental role in the development of Apsley. Purchasing an existing mill in the area in the first years of the 19th century, he oversaw a business that went on to become one of the world’s largest stationery manufacturers, with the final John Dickinson paper mills not closing until 1999.
3. There is a similarly strong link between Apsley and the Longman family – best known today for the publishing company that was founded in 1724 and is still going strong in 2018. The MP George Longman was a source of vital financial support for Dickinson, and later – in 1853 – Shendish Manor came into the ownership of Charles Longman. The property remained in the possession of the Longman family until the 1930s, when it was sold to John Dickinson Stationery and subsequently used as a sports and social club.
4. Shendish Manor finally assumed its present identity as a hotel and conference centre in the 1990s. It has also developed a strong reputation as one of the premier Wedding Venues in Apsley, with one of the property’s wedding suites having even been named after the village. Couples who book the Apsley Suite for their reception can look forward to elegant decor, sparkling chandeliers and sufficient space for as many as 320 guests.
5. Shendish Manor dates as far back as the 13thcentury, when Ralf de Chenduit was granted land in the area where our resplendent Victorian manor house now stands. With our beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces, the services of a dedicated manager on each couple’s wedding day and even special bedroom rates for guests, it’s not surprising that we have become known as one of the premier wedding venues in Apsley. Call our team on +44(0)1442 232220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today, and we can help to ensure you enjoy a wedding with us that lives up to your highest expectations, including by making the most of Apsley’s considerable natural beauty and strong transport connections.
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