Rickmansworth is a small town in south-west Hertfordshire, England, northwest of central London and inside the M25 motorway.

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Rickmansworth Town History and Population

The name Rickmansworth comes from Ryckmer - a Saxon name. In the 1086 Domesday Survey it was known as The Manor of Prichemaresworde.


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 nearest large town is Watford, approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) to the east. Rickmansworth is the administrative seat of the Three Rivers District Council


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.


Rickmansworth grew dramatically during the Victorian era and in the 1920s and 1930s as part of Metro-land, due to the extension of Metropolitan Railway, and became a commuter town.

In July 1860 Lord Ebury obtained powers to construct a 4.5-mile single-track railway line between Watford and Rickmansworth, which opened in October 1862.


Rickmansworth is sometimes shortened to "Ricky", as used in the annual Ricky Week celebrations which occur in May. The town's canal history is remembered at the end of the week with the Rickmansworth Festival organised by Rickmansworth Waterways Trust.


It was also location for the filming of The Adventures of Black Beauty and more recent Ashes to Ashes a spin-off from the BBC drama Life on Mars.


Rickmansworth Aquadrome | Three Rivers Council | Watersmeet Theatre | Royal Masonic School


In 1851, the population was 4,800, and the town had a population of 23,973 recorded at the 2011 census.

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Rickmansworth Aquadrome

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.


Further data, including the census, can be found on the following websites:


Notable residents

  • William Penn (founder of Pennsylvania)
  • Harvey Fellows (Cricketer)
  • George Eliot (pen-name of Mary Anne Evans – The Elms, 1875)
  • Val Doonican (ex-The Drive, Rickmansworth)
  • Guy Calthrop aka Sir Calthrop Guy Spencer Calthrop, 1st Baronet (26 March 1870 – 23 February 1919)
  • George Orwell (pen-name of Eric Blair, author, who spent some summers in Rickmansworth)
  • Thomas Andrews (Designer of the Titanic, lived at Money Hill House until his death in 1912)
  • Cardinal Wolsey (Manor of the More, 1522–1530
  • Barbara Woodhouse (dog trainer, author, horse trainer and television personality)


The county town, Hertford, was the main market town for the medieval agricultural county ranks 13th in population today deriving its name from a hart (stag) and a ford used as the components of the county's coat of arms and flag.


Hertford is derived from the Anglo-Saxon heort ford, meaning deer crossing (of a watercourse).