We’ve started the new season of our Talks!

And a very good season it’s proving to be – the programme is here. We’re delighted that we’re back in Cloisters Hall to meet in person, with the next on 10th March (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 Cloisters Hall on 12th May. Elaine Saunders will speak to us about Policing Rickmansworth before the Police.

Hertfordshire Constabulary was created in 1841, but Elaine will explain how Hertfordshire was policed before the coming of police forces. In particular, she describes the office of constable, from its Saxon roots to county policing in the nineteenth century. She looks in detail at the officers serving Rickmansworth during the eighteenth century, outlines their duties and authority, and sets out the county and local power networks within which they operated. Overall, she’ll provide a glimpse into the realities of maintaining law and order in one of Hertfordshire’s most populous towns and how these early constables faced them.

 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, 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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