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Rickmansworth shown within the United Kingdom
Population 14,571
OS grid reference TQ061944
District Three Rivers
Shire county Hertfordshire
Region East
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district WD3
Dialling code 01923
Police Hertfordshire
Fire Hertfordshire
Ambulance East of England
UK Parliament South West Hertfordshire
European Parliament East of England
List of places: UKEnglandHertfordshire

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Rickmansworth is a town in the Three Rivers district of Hertfordshire, England, 4¼ miles (7km) west of Watford. Ronda, Spain Main street in Bastrop, Texas, United States, a small town A town is a community of people ranging from a few hundred to several thousands, although it may be applied loosely even to huge metropolitan areas. ... Three Rivers is a local government district in Hertfordshire, England. ... For the similarly named county in the West Midlands region, see Herefordshire. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Watford is a town and district in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, situated 34 km (21 miles) northwest of London and within the bounds of the M25 motorway. ...

The town has a population of around 15,000 people and lies on the Grand Union Canal and the River Colne, at the northern end of the Colne Valley Park. The canal at Braunston The Grand Union Canal is a canal in England and part of the British canal system. ... There are several rivers named Colne: River Colne, Essex - passing through Colchester River Colne, Hertfordshire - tributary of the River Thames, passing through London Colney and other parts of Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Greater London and Surrey River Colne, West Yorkshire - passing through Huddersfield. ...

It began to grow in the 1920s and 1930s as part of the Metro-land area, due to its station on the Metropolitan line of the London Underground. As such, it is largely a commuter town. It is contained within the M25 with good transport links to Luton and Heathrow Airports. The 1920s is a decade that is sometimes referred to as the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties, usually applied to America. ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... Metropolitan steam locomotive Metro-land (or Metroland) refers, broadly speaking, to the suburban areas north-west of London, in the counties of Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Middlesex, served by the Metropolitan Railway, an independent company until absorbed by the London Passenger Transport Board (LPTB) in 1933. ... London Transport Portal The Metropolitan Line is part of the London Underground, coloured maroon on the Tube map. ... The London Underground is a transit system that serves much of Greater London and some neighbouring areas. ... Commuters waiting for the morning train in Maplewood, New Jersey to travel to New York City A commuter town, is an urban community that is primarily residential, from which most of the workforce commute to a nearby metropolis to earn their livelihood. ...

Colloquially Rickmansworth is often shortened to "Ricky" as used in the town's annual "Ricky Week" celebrations, which was 12th-20th May in 2007.



The name Rickmansworth comes from the Saxon name "Ryckmer", the local magnate, and "worth" meaning farm or stockade. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it is known as The Manor of Prichemaresworde. Later spellings are Rykemarwurthe (1119-46), Richemaresworthe (1180), Rykemerewrthe (1248), Richemereworthe (1259), Rikesmareswrth (1287) and Rikmansworth (1382). A line drawing entitled Domesday Book from Andrew Williamss Historic Byways and Highways of Old England. ... Events Domesday Book is completed in England Emperor Shirakawa of Japan starts his cloistered rule Imam Ali Mosque is rebuilt by the Seljuk Malik Shah I after being destroyed by fire. ... Events February 2 - Callixtus II becomes Pope August 20 - Henry I of England routes Louis VI at the Battle of Bremule. ... Events April 13 - Frederick Barbarossa issues the Gelnhausen Charter November 18 - France Emperor Antoku succeds Emperor Takakura as emperor of Japan Afonso I of Portugal is taken prisoner by Ferdinand II of Leon Artois is annexed by France Prince Mochihito amasses a large army and instigates the Genpei War between... For broader historical context, see 1240s and 13th century. ... For broader historical context, see 1250s and 13th century. ... Construction of the Uppsala Cathedral began in 1287. ... Year 1382 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar. ...

In literature

One notable claim to fame is its inclusion on the opening page of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
Rickmansworth and some of its surrounding communities are also featured in the works of John Le Carre.
Victorian novelist George Eliot, real name Mary Ann Evans, had a summer residence in the lower High Street named "The Elms", which now forms part of St Joan of Arc School.
Rickmansworth, and more specifically the Rickmansworth Conservative Association, features in The Adventures of Barry McKenzie, a 1972 Australian film starring Barry Crocker, and written by Barry Humphries The cover of the first novel in the Hitchhikers series, from a late 1990s printing. ... Douglas Noël Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, comic radio dramatist, and musician. ... John le Carré is the pseudonym of David John Moore Cornwell (born October 19, 1931) in Poole, Dorset, England. ... Mary Ann Evans (22 November 1819 – 22 December 1880), better known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist. ... The Adventures of Barry McKenzie is a 1972 Australian film starring Barry Crocker, telling the story of an Australian yobbo on his travels to the United Kingdom. ... Barry Crocker is an Australian singer who has been performing for decades. ... John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934 in Camberwell, Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian comedian, satirist and character actor best known for his on-stage and television alter egos Dame Edna Everage, a Melbourne housewife, and Sir Les Patterson, Australias foul-mouthed cultural attaché to Britain. ...

Famous Residents

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The town has a public golf course called Rickmansworth Golf Club which is adjacent to the two courses that make up the private Moor Park Golf Club. Rickmansworth Cricket Club was founded in 1787 and is one of the oldest recorded clubs in England. The present clubhouse was built in 1921 by Sir William Francis Reckitt - a member of the Reckitt and Colman Mustard dynasty. Rickmansworth Cricket Club currently run 4 sides on a Saturday in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League. Chess Valley Rugby Club use the same grounds as the Cricket Club. The club have a website www.rickmansworthcc.ik.com. William Penn Leisure Centre in Mill End is named after the former school at the same site, using the original school swimming pool.


Rickmansworth contains a large public park called the Aquadrome. This includes several large lakes, grass and woodland areas and a children's play area. The lakes are suitable for canoeing, sailing and fishing. The lakes are artificial, having been created by the extraction of large volumes of gravel and stone required for the building of The Empire Stadium, popularly known as Wembley Stadium.


Primary Schools

  • St Peters CofE Voluntary Aided Primary School
  • Shepherds Primary School
  • Arnett Hills JMI
  • Rickmansworth Park JMI
  • Rickmansworth PNEU
  • St John's Roman Catholic School
  • Maple Cross JMI
  • Royal Masonic School for Girls
  • St. Mary's JMI

Secondary Schools

Rickmansworth School, formerly Rickmansworth Grammar School, is a coeducational secondary school situated in Croxley Green (Hertfordshire), near Rickmansworth. ... St Clement Danes School has specialist status for languages and is a mixed, voluntary-aided, comprehensive school taking students aged 11 Year 7 through to 18 Year 13. ... Saint Joan of Arc Roman Catholic School is a larger than average, mixed, voluntary-aided, comprehensive school taking students aged 11 Year 7 through to 18 Year 13. ... The Royal Masonic School for girls is an independent school in Rickmansworth, England with both day and boarding pupils. ...


Watersmeet Theatre is a 481 seat venue complex owned by Three Rivers District Council, situated in the centre of the Rickmansworth High Street. The auditorium can transform from a raked theatre to a flat floor for performances "in the round" or dinner dances, cabarets, weddings, indoor markets and craft fairs.


External links

  Results from FactBites:
Parishes: Rickmansworth | British History Online (14065 words)
The area of Rickmansworth Urban is 574 acres, that of Rickmansworth Rural 7,463 acres, and that of Chorleywood 1,986 acres.
The town of Rickmansworth is in the centre of its parish, and is set in a network of water, formed by these curving streams and their many tributaries, which flow under bridges or cross the open road.
 Rickmansworth became a market town by a charter of Henry VIII in 1542, whereby the bailiffs and inhabitants were licensed to hold a market on Saturdays and a fair on the feast of the Assumption.
Rickmansworth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (471 words)
Rickmansworth is a town in the Three Rivers district of Hertfordshire, England, 7km west of Watford.
Rickmansworth and some of its surrounding communities are also featured in the works of John Le Carre.
Rickmansworth Cricket Club was founded in 1787 and is one of the oldest recorded clubs in England.
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