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RICKMANSWORTH is a small town in south-west Hertfordshire , England, situated approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of central London and inside the perimeter of the M25 motorway . The town is mainly to the north of the Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal
(formerly the Grand Junction Canal ) and the River Colne . The nearest large town is Watford
Watford
, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) to the east. Rickmansworth
Rickmansworth
is the administrative seat of the Three Rivers District Council; the local authority is named from the confluence of three rivers within Rickmansworth's borders; the River Gade
River Gade
and the Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal
join the upper River Colne near Rickmansworth's eastern boundary and are joined by the River Chess near the town centre from where the enlarged Colne flows south to form a major tributary of the River Thames
River Thames
. The town is served by the Metropolitan line of the London Underground and Chiltern Railways from London Marylebone to Aylesbury .

CONTENTS

* 1 Toponymy * 2 History * 3 Transport * 4 Economy * 5 Geography

* 6 Education

* 6.1 Primary schools * 6.2 Secondary schools * 6.3 Independent schools

* 7 Culture and sport

* 7.1 Aquadrome * 7.2 Sports clubs

* 8 Public services * 9 Filming * 10 Politics * 11 Notable residents * 12 Scenes from Rickmansworth
Rickmansworth
* 13 See also * 14 References * 15 External links

TOPONYMY

The name Rickmansworth
Rickmansworth
comes from the Saxon name Ryckmer, the local landowner, and worth meaning a farm or stockade. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was recorded as the Manor of Prichemaresworde. Other spellings include Rykemarwurthe (1119–46), Richemaresworthe (1180), Rykemerewrthe (1248), Richemereworthe (1259), Rikesmareswrth (1287), Rikmansworth (1382), Rikmeresworth (1396) it is now the Golf Club House. The wider area, including Croxley Green
Croxley Green
, Moor Park, Batchworth , Mill End, West Hyde and Chorleywood, formed the original parish of Rickmansworth.

In 1851, the population had grown to 4,800, and the parish was divided. St Mary's Church serves the parish concentrated in the town and extending to Batchworth and parts of Moor Park. The town had a population of 14,571 recorded at the 2001 census.

The three rivers, the Colne, Chess and Gade, provided water for the watercress trade and power for corn milling, silk weaving, paper making and brewing, all long gone. Other industries have included leather-tanning, soft drinks, laundry, straw-plaiting and stocking production. Now there are commercial offices and commuter homes, and the rivers, canal and flooded gravel pits provide for recreation.

West Mill, a water mill, existed at the time of the Domesday Survey. It was leased to the abbot and convent of St Albans by Ralph Bukberd for a term of years ending in 1539. In 1533, they leased it from the end of this term for twenty-six years to Richard Wilson of Watford. He was to keep in repair the mill and also two millstones, 10 inches (25 centimetres) thick, and 4 ft 8 in (142 cm) in breadth. The mill was leased in 1544 to William Hutchinson, yeoman of the spicery, and Janet his wife for their lives. It afterwards came to John Wilson, and was granted in 1576–77 to Richard Master. There was also a water-mill called Batchworth Mill, and a fishery called Blacketts Mill in Rickmansworth. Batchworth Mill was later used as a cotton mill, but was bought in 1820 by Messrs. John Dickinson "> Bury Lake

The Aquadrome covers 41 hectares (100 acres) and includes the Aquadrome Local Nature Reserve, Batchworth and Bury Lakes, open grassland, areas of woodland, car parking, a café and a children's play area. Its boundaries are the River Colne to the north, the Grand Union Canal to the east and south and Stocker\'s Lake nature reserve to the west. In July 2009, it received a Green Flag Award for parks and open spaces which meet high standards.

The lakes are old gravel quarries filled with water and stocked with fish but only Batchworth Lake is available for fishing. Some gravel from the site was used to build Wembley Stadium in 1923. Batchworth Lake is popular for water skiing events and hosts the Rickmansworth Water Ski Club.

Bury Lake is home to Bury Lake Young Mariners (BLYM); a sailing club and RYA-recognised teaching establishment.

SPORTS CLUBS

Rickmansworth
Rickmansworth
Cricket and Sports Club

Rickmansworth Cricket Club
Rickmansworth Cricket Club
was founded in 1787 and is one of the oldest recorded clubs in England. Its clubhouse was built in 1921 by Sir William Francis Reckitt – a member of the Reckitt and Colman Mustard dynasty. Rickmansworth
Rickmansworth
Sports Club runs five teams in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League. Over the years, other sports clubs have moved into the grounds, including Chess Valley Rugby Football Club and Rickmansworth
Rickmansworth
& Chess Valley Hockey Clubs. Rickmansworth
Rickmansworth
Golf Course is adjacent to Moor Park golf course. Rickmansworth
Rickmansworth
Lawn Tennis Club also hosts Rickmansworth
Rickmansworth
table tennis club matches. Rickmansworth
Rickmansworth
Water Ski Club is located on Batchworth Lake. Rickmansworth
Rickmansworth
hosts a sub-aqua Club. The William Penn
William Penn
Leisure Centre has an indoor swimming pool and sports facilities.

PUBLIC SERVICES

In 1897, a police station opened in the High Street adjoining the fire station. The police station is now located in Three Rivers House.

FILMING

* The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972) * Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) * Withnail and I
Withnail and I
(1986) * Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) * Double X: The Name of the Game (1992) * Ashes to Ashes (TV series) , a spin-off from the BBC drama Life on Mars (2009) * Harry and Paul (2010) * The First Men in the Moon
The First Men in the Moon
(2010) * Foyle\'s War (Lesson in Murder) * Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (film) (Pig report scene, filmed at Stockers Farm) * Dick Turpin (Starring Richard O'Sullivan, filmed at Stockers Farm) * Genevieve (Genevieve 'broke down' at the top of Batchworth Hill, by the gates to Moor Park) * Metro-land (Television documentary) (1973) * Doctor Who (\'The Three Doctors\' – 10th anniversary story 1972/1973) * Lewis
Lewis
(2012) * Harry Enfield\'s Television Programme (80's) * New Tricks
New Tricks
(2014) * Children of Men (2006) * Silent Witness
Silent Witness
(2013) * The Professionals (TV series)
The Professionals (TV series)
1977 – 1983 Harefield Road ">

Talbot Road *

St Mary's Parish Church *

The Coach and Horses Public House *

Our Lady Help
Help
of Christians RC Church *

St Joan of Arc School (The Elms) *

Batchworth Lock No 81, Grand Union canal at Rickmansworth
Rickmansworth
with a barge framed by a bridge (circa 1895) *

Batchworth Lock No 81, Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal
(1977) *

Grand Union Canal
Grand Union Canal
in Rickmansworth
Rickmansworth