infobox UK place
country = England
latitude= 51.6383
longitude= -0.4659
official_name= Rickmansworth

population = 14,571
shire_district= Three Rivers
shire_county = Hertfordshire
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= South West Hertfordshire
postcode_district = WD3
postcode_area= WD
dial_code= 01923
os_grid_reference= TQ061944

Rickmansworth is a town in the Three Rivers district of Hertfordshire, England, 4¼ miles (7km) west of Watford.

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.

It began to grow in the 1920s and 1930s as part of the Metro-land area, due to Rickmansworth 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.

Colloquially Rickmansworth is often shortened to "Ricky" as used in the town's annual "Ricky Week" celebrations.

The town's canal history is remembered every year at the end of Ricky Week with the Rickmansworth Festival.


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).

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 Carré.
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

Famous Residents

*William Penn - Founder of Pennsylvania
*Arthur Hodgson - Australian politician
*Alan Duncan - Conservative Party (UK) Member of Parliament
*David Seaman - Retired professional footballer
* Nikhil Obhrai - Businessman made famous by his multi-billion dollar deal with Chevron Oil Inc. in September 2007.
*Danny Thompson - Double Bassist Extra-ordinaire, as heard with Pentangle, Nick Drake, John Martyn, Tim Buckley and many more
*Martin Kemp - actor famous for role as Steve Owen on EastEndersAlejandro Castellot


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.

At the east end of Rickmansworth High Street at the bottom of Scots Hill is situated the Rickmansworth Sports Club. Initially this was the home of Rickmansworth Cricket Club [http://www.rickmansworthcc.ik.com/] who currently run 4 sides on a Saturday in the Saracens Hertfordshire Cricket League. But over the years other sports have moved into the grounds, including Chess Valley Rugby Football Club [http://www.cvrfc.com] and the Rickmansworth & Chess Valley Hockey Clubs [http://www.rcvhockey.freewire.co.uk/] .

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, being former quarries that have been filled with water and fish, there are also a few ducks that cause trouble in the local area. Some of the stone from the site was used in the building of the original Wembley Stadium.


Primary Schools

* [http://www.arnetthills.herts.sch.uk Arnett Hills JMI School]
* [http://www.shepherd.herts.sch.uk Shepherds Primary School]
* [http://www.stjohnscatholicprimaryschool.co.uk St. John's Catholic Primary School]
* [http://www.stmarys698.herts.sch.uk St. Mary's C of E Primary School]
* [http://www.spmillend.herts.sch.uk St. Peter's C of E Voluntary Aided Primary School]
* Ricky park primary school

econdary Schools

* Rickmansworth School
* St Clement Danes School
* St Joan of Arc Catholic School
* Royal Masonic School for girls
* William Penn School (closed)


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.


* [http://www.hertsdirect.org/infobase/docs/pdfstore/tabKS01sett.pdf Population figures (PDF)]

External links

* [http://www.rickmansworthherts.freeserve.co.uk/webpage6.htm Local historian's site]
* [http://www.rickmansworthweb.co.uk Local news site]

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