Arson attack on St Mary’s, Rickmansworth, in 1522

St Mary's churchWe know from various surviving wills from the early sixteenth century that many parishioners bequeathed money towards candles, or new items of plate, or vestments. A few, however, did not respect the building or the way in which religion was practised there. Indeed, a serious arson attack was committed in 1522, destroying the rood loft, wasting over 200 pounds of wax and emptying the font.

Published by Rickmansworth Historical Society

The Rickmansworth Historical Society was founded on the initiative of Godfrey Cornwall who became its first Chairman. Our activities cover the history of the "old parish area" of Rickmansworth, which includes Chorleywood, West Hyde, Mill End and Croxley Green, Loudwater, Batchworth and Eastbury as well as the town of Rickmansworth. 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, Rickmansworth. The Committee meets about four times a year to conduct business and plan the programme. The Society publishes the Rickmansworth Historical Review three times a year.

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