We’ve started the new season of our Talks!

And a very good season it’s going to be – the programme is here. We’re delighted that we’re back in Cloisters Hall to meet in person this autumn, with the next on 9th December (see below).

Could you be the Local History Photographer of the Year?

The British Association for Local History have a new competition, open to all. Details 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 Cloisters Hall on 9th December, with David Burnell speaking about Charles Holden: the master architect of the Underground.

In the 1930s Charles Holden designed a number of stations for the London Underground that are now regarded as architectural classics, with most now listed as being of historical interest. This fully illustrated talk explores the architectural and historical roots and practical requirements that led Holden to produce these masterpieces of British architecture. Whilst discussing the designs we will also consider how, for Holden, they were also a spiritual expression. The role of the stations in the expansion of London’s new suburbs is also covered.

David Burnell has spoken several times to the Society on different aspects of the infrastructure of the London Underground.




So: come along and find out more. We welcome visitors to our talks and meetings – our on-line meetings are without charge, just use the Contact Us form to ask for the link. And if you’re interested in our local history, you’d be very welcome as a member – see below!

Our meetings are in the Cloisters Hall, The Cloisters, WD3 1HL, opposite St Joan of Arc School in Rickmansworth High Street. For in-person meetings 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.

Join us: Our Committee

Our committee is strong, but we have vacancies, and exciting opportunities! In particular, a Talks Organiser would be very welcome: it gives 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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