Historical Society Speakers

Several of our members are available to give talks to community groups or to schools, on various topics including

The First World War as it affected the Rickmansworth area.

Chenies Manor & the Russell family.

Snells Hall and the Manor of Croxley.

Free Beer tomorrow  The story of Samuel Salter, Publican and Brewer, and the rise and fall of Rickmansworth’s most important brewing family.

Lord Ebury’s Railway  The story of the short lived railway opened in the 1860s that ran from Rickmansworth to Watford  If all had gone to plan Rickmansworth might have had a broad gauge station as well a standard gauge one.

Passing Through What the Grand Junction canal did for west Hertfordshire between 1791 and 1841.

The Manor of the More The early story of Moor Park and its owners.

The History of the Aquadrome The history of Rickmansworth’s biggest park from humble gravel pit to a venue for world championship Ice skating. The talk includes an interview with the last park keeper

Sand and Gravel in the Rickmansworth area The history of Walkers of Ricky and their contribution to the industrial history of the Colne valley. How they progressed from a firm of builders merchants via boat building to the leisure industry.

Batchworth, the heart of Georgian ‘industrial’ Rickmansworth.

Sir John Russell, 1st Earl of Bedford.  Privy Councillor to Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI and Queen Mary.

Plague Cottages and Pandemics – a comparison of the isolation systems from medieval times to now, and how we’re managing COVID-19.

To enquire about any of these or other topics we might be able to offer, please use the Contact Us form. The speaker will respond, and you can make arrangements directly with them. 

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