ABOUT Albury village, HERTFORDSHIRE
Albury is a spread-out rural village comprising of six hamlets (Church End, Albury End, Clapgate, Patmore Heath, Gravesend & Upwick Green).
The make-up of the village, apart from residential, is arable farming but recently sheep have been introduced on grassland for fattening.
Patmore Heath, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest with many rare species of animals and plants. The Heath is managed by the Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust.
Albury Church was built in the 13th century but of this period only the chancel remains. The main part of the church was rebuilt in the 14th century with the lower and south porch added in the 15th century. In the 19th century the vestry and the Organ Chamber were added. The chief item of interest is the 14th century alter tomb with effigies of a knight and his lady - identity unknown. The costume & armour worn by the figures are considered to be fine examples of their period. Also of merit is the 15th century rood screen, an 18th century pulpit and memorial brasses of the 15th and 16th centuries.
Originally there were five public houses in the village: The Fox at Albury End, The Labour in Vain at Church End, The Royal Oak and Jolly Butchers at Clapgate and The Catherine Wheel at Gravesend, which is the only one still in existence as a pub. All the others have been converted into residential houses.
Albury also has a club for the elderly, 60 Plus, which holds games afternoons, outings to other clubs, mystery trips and its annual Christmas Lunch, a much-enjoyed occasion.
Albury school is a very progressive Junior Mixed Infants.