Welcome!

We’re about to start 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 our first talk there on 9th September (see below).

Some of our talks from last year 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.

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 September, with Gillian Pugh on the story of Christ Church Chorleywood C of E School 1853 – 2020.

Dame Gillian will speak about the main findings from her book of the same name, published in July by the Rickmansworth Historical Society.

        Set up by Christ Church in 1853, this small village primary school has become one of the best primary schools in the country.  The book draws on head teachers’ log books and documents going back to its earliest days, as well as memories and reflections from past pupils, parents, governors and teachers.

      The history of the school gives a window into the changing nature of Chorleywood, as it grew from a small cluster of farms and hamlets to become the prosperous commuter village it is today.  The talk will reflect on the changes in what children learn and how they are taught, and on the impact of government legislation.  It will also examine what makes the school distinctive, as a church school with its particular Christian ethos and values, and the advantages of its geographical location on Chorleywood Common.

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!

Join us: MEMBERSHIP

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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