2021 is the Centenary Year of the Royal British Legion. At least two of our local branches, Rickmansworth and Croxley Green, were founded the same year, so it’s their centenary as well. The Legion is researching and recording its history, and welcomes our support – find out more in our Blog post here.

As the COVID Lockdown continues, you can still contribute your experiences to our archive collection. Full details here in our blog!

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

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, at present by Zoom.

Our next meeting is on Thursday 8th April, when John Clark will speak under the heading

‘Sights most strange’:  tourists in medieval and early modern London.

‘I pray you, let us satisfy your eyes | With the memorials and things of fame | That do renown this city.’ (Shakespeare, Twelfth Night).

But visitors to London were already being shown its ‘memorials and things of fame’ long before Shakespeare’s time. This talk considers some of the early ‘sights of London’ that they saw, from the Giants in the Guildhall to the Great Whalebone in Whitehall, the lions at the Tower and the baboons in Southwark. What were they? Why were they thought interesting? And what strange stories were visitors told about them?

Come along to find out! 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.

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

At the AGM we lost two long-standing Committee members. Alison Wall has found her time too squeezed by other interests, and has stood down while remaining a member of the Society: and Pat Hamilton, who has organised our talks programme for some years, has relinquished her role.

So 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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