About The Society


Due to the current situation, the committee of the Society has decided to cancel the meetings scheduled for 9 April, 14 May and 11 June.  If possible, meetings will recommence in September, but that will depend on government advice nearer the time.

The 2020 AGM, which would have been held prior to the meeting on 11 June, has therefore also been postponed.  If possible, this will be rescheduled for Thursday 12 November.

We hope to publish Issue 21 of the Rickmansworth Historical Review in June as planned and to distribute it either by hand or by post.   In the same envelope we will include the accounts and annual reports for 2019.

We’ll keep members informed in the usual way, and the public through this website.

Welcome to our website nonetheless !

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

We have been greatly saddened by the death of Mrs Barbara Owen MBE, whose many roles in Rickmansworth included being Chairman of the Three Rivers Museum Trust for many years. Our member Alison Wall has prepared a tribute to her – see the recent Post on our blog.  

We’re taking part in the Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 – you can see the official launch video here!V4 square green

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.

We meet at 8pm on the second Thursday of the month from September to June inclusive in the Cloisters Hall, The Cloisters, WD3 1HL, opposite St Joan of Arc School in Rickmansworth High Street, and we have a number of events during the year. We welcome visitors to our talks and meetings – the fee to visitors is £3, payable at the door, with no need to book!

The Committee meets about four times a year to conduct business and plan the programme.


The annual subscription is £10 for individual membership, £15 for family membership and corporate membership. Apply for membership by contacting the Membership Secretary, using the ‘Contact Us’ page.
Payment is due on 1st September to the Membership Secretary.


The website promotes the Society’s meetings, activities and publications, and the ongoing research of members or local people even if not members (although we hope you’ll all join). It will also promote other local history publications, and the work of relevant societies and organisations not necessarily local to us.

So we intend an increasing number of articles and items about the story of Rickmansworth. We will also be developing our Blog, which will allow short items to be posted. You can contribute by ‘commenting’ on a ‘post’ or a page, or by submitting an article for publication, after appropriate review.

We do not intend an extensive gallery of images and photographs, although articles will often be illustrated. Those will be found on the Three Rivers Museum website, and on the Social Media posts of a number of local residents.

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