Kings Langley Scouts – The oldest group in Hemel Hempstead

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Some of our local units go right back to the opening months of the organisation with 1st Kings Langley Scout group being one of the oldest.

County archivist Frank Brittain tells us: “1st Kings Langley was almost certainly the first troop in Hemel Hempstead, but not in Hertfordshire.

“There is evidence that it was formed on October 20, 1909 and was started by Lt Bramwell Henry Withers, who also founded troops in India, Africa and Ireland. He also ran the 1st Langleybury Troop that was formed the same year. Lack of leadership forced this troop to close and the boys amalgamated with 1st Kings Langley.

The first troops founded in Hertfordshire were in Watford and began in 1908.

Mr Brittain explains: “No troops started in 1907 simply because the first of the six fortnightly parts of Scouting for Boys was not in the shops until January 15, 1908.

“Patrols may have been operating all over Hertfordshire early in 1908, but documentary evidence is necessary to prove troops were in existence or registered.”

John Allen of the current 1st Kings Langley said the troop’s headquarters had been in the same field, to the rear of the Rose and Crown, since the end of the First World War.

The army is believed to have left behind the old timber shed that the Scouts took over and which was destroyed by fire in the 1970s.