We’ve moved!

After about sixty years at Cloisters Hall, it’s to close. But we have a new home, still in the middle of Rickmansworth, at St Mary’s Church Centre, in Church Street, WD3 1JB.

The 2021/22 season of our Talks has finished…

And a very good season it was.

We’re now getting ready for the 22/23 season, for which the programme is here. But we’re now in St Mary’s Church Centre to meet in person: the first meeting is on 8th September (see below).

What’s on this website?

Details of the Society’s talks and other activities, publications and other topics ‘of interest’, including how to ask our members to give talks and how to join us.

The history of Rickmansworth, with those of the villages and settlements of Three Rivers, is being written onto the website of the Three Rivers Museum. It’s on-going, and they’ll welcome people who would like to contribute research, writing, memories and images to the developing story of “what it was like to live and work round here.”

Our own story

The Rickmansworth Historical Society was founded in 1954 on the initiative of Godfrey Cornwall, its first Chairman.

Our interests embrace the history of the “old parish area” of Rickmansworth which includes Chorleywood, West Hyde, Mill End, Croxley Green, Loudwater, Batchworth and Eastbury as well as the town of Rickmansworth.

We publish the Rickmansworth Historical Review three times a year, and welcome articles on topics of both local and wider interest.

Our meetings

We meet at 8pm on the second Thursday of the month from September to June inclusive.

Our next talk will be at St Mary’s Church Centre on 8th September, when David Burnell makes a welcome return to talk about The Festival of Britain 1951.

 So: come along and find out more. We welcome visitors to our talks and meetings; but if you’re at all interested in our local history, you’d be very welcome as a member – see below!

Our meetings are in St Mary’s Church Centre in Rickmansworth Church Street. The fee to visitors is £3, payable at the door, with no need to book.


If you’re interested in local history, come and join in! Apply for membership by contacting the Membership Secretary through the Contact Us tab.

The annual subscription is £10 for individual membership, £15 for family membership and corporate membership, and payment is due on 1st September. Your membership entitles you not only to attend all the talks, and any other events we put on: you also receive the Society’s journal Rickmansworth Historical Review, which we publish three times a year.

Join us: Our Committee

Our committee is strong, but we have vacancies, and exciting opportunities, giving you the chance to meet a range of very interesting people and to make a real contribution to local history in our area.

We’ll canvas hard at meetings for fellow-members to step forward – but don’t wait to be asked, please take this as an invitation to get involved in your local Historical Society!

Don’t all rush at once…. but do ‘Contact us’ to let the Chairman know of your interest.

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