Life and death in the medieval parish of Rickmansworth

Medieval wills provide insights into the lives of ordinary people: their family and social networks, their religious convictions and piety, their wealth, their personal and domestic possessions, their livestock and the tools of their trade.  For many places such documents have not survived, but they have for the medieval parish of Rickmansworth, which encompassed theContinue reading “Life and death in the medieval parish of Rickmansworth”

Policing in Rickmansworth

We had a cracking talk last night from Andy Wiseman, secretary of the Hertfordshire Constabulary’s History Society. From the ancient role of the parish constable to the modern work of the Hertfordshire force, via why south Hertfordshire was policed by the Met until 2000, he took us through the full evolution of policing in theContinue reading “Policing in Rickmansworth”

The Local History of Rickmansworth

Thoughts after reading again The Rickmansworth Historian from 1961 to 1980 Some time ago I set out to prepare a comprehensive index of The Rickmansworth Historian, the journal of the Rickmansworth Historical Society (RHS). Thirty-eight issues were produced half-yearly from 1961 to 1980 when, for reasons I’ll come to, it stopped: and further one-off issuesContinue reading “The Local History of Rickmansworth”

Recording our Experiences at a Historic Moment

We live in truly historic times. When COVID-19 has faded, as eventually it will, its legacy will be with us for some time, perhaps permanently. We who have lived through it have a chance now to capture what’s happening, so that those who come after us will know how it all felt at the time.Continue reading “Recording our Experiences at a Historic Moment”

Mrs Barbara Owen MBE – ‘Mrs Rickmansworth’

By Alison Wall, on behalf of all who knew and loved Barbara. Barbara Owen (nee Gravestock) was a Rickmansworth girl from the day she was born.  She lived in the centre of Rickmansworth, with her parents and elder sister Marion.  She excelled in school and gained a scholarship to Watford Grammar School for Girls atContinue reading “Mrs Barbara Owen MBE – ‘Mrs Rickmansworth’”

Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020

Look out for the Historical Society’s contribution to the YoC2020. All our talks and other events will be listed on the YoC Events and What’s On pages on the Creative Hertfordshire website, and we expect the network will grow quickly across the county. There’s going to be a lot going on – and notContinue reading “Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020”

The Lock-ups of Rickmansworth

The Open University has a project to locate historic ‘cages’, lock-ups, prisons, police stations and the like across the country. We have contributed the information about the original ‘cage’ for Rickmansworth, which was at the rear of the now-demolished Beresford Almshouses in the High Street, adjacent to what is now the Fox and Hounds. ItContinue reading “The Lock-ups of Rickmansworth”

The Rivers of Three Rivers

There has always been an interest in the original courses of the three rivers Chess, Gade and Colne as they met at Rickmansworth before the Grand Junction Canal was cut and changed the courses of all three. At least two local residents are working, independently, to follow in the footsteps of Geoff Saul and resolveContinue reading “The Rivers of Three Rivers”