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
* 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
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.
Rickmansworth Cricket Club
In 1897, a police station opened in the High Street adjoining the fire station. The police station is now located in Three Rivers House.
The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Withnail and I
Talbot Road *
St Mary's Parish Church *
The Coach and Horses Public House *
St Joan of Arc School (The Elms) *