A great Award!

At its recent Local History Day meeting the British Association for Local History (BALH) made a number of awards for contributions to local history across the country. We’re delighted to report that one of those for Personal Achievement was to our long-serving Secretary, Ann Vernau!

This has been very well earned over a period of twenty years and more, serving both the Historical Society and the Three Rivers Museum. We congratulate Ann, and thank her for her work!

Some of our talks have been put on line!

David Loose’s recent Guided tour of Croxley Green through his collection of postcards is on YouTube.

Chris Hillier’s recent talk on Lord Ebury’s Railway is also on YouTube – thanks to the Watford and District Industrial History Society.

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. So our ‘meetings season’ has finished, for this year. Our programme for next year will be under a separate ‘tab’ above, though.

Our last meeting, on 10th June, saw Brian Thomson follow our AGM by presenting on the slaveowners of Rickmansworth. His research has covered four families in particular, and Brian traced both the story of the West Indian sugar plantations and how enslaved people came to be there, and on the families which were involved in operating them – and why, as well as what happened as the slaves were ‘freed’ in the 1840s. Not only is this very topical, but it’s a major piece of local research, and very relevant to our understanding of this part of our history.

Our next talk will be on 9th September, with Gillian Pugh on ‘the story of Chorleywood School’ – watch this space for more details. We hope to be meeting in person – but we’ll have to see.

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!

In normal times we’re 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’d normally have canvassed hard at meetings for fellow-members to step forward – but of course we can’t, so 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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