A guide to the “Three Rivers” market town of Rickmansworth including suggestions for local removals in and around the Hertfordshire and North London area.
Four bedroom properties in the Rickmansworth (Jan 2014) sold for between £400,000 and £650,000. Two bedroom flats in Rickmansworth were available to rent at an average of around £1000-£1500 per calendar month.
Nearby towns to Rickmansworth include Batchworth Heath, Chandlers Cross, Chenies, Chorleywood, Croxley Green, Heronsgate, Loudwater, Maple Cross, Mill End, Sarratt and West Hyde. These are in the Three Rivers, Hillingdon and Chiltern areas.
Rickmansworth railway station is served by both London Underground Metropolitan Line services and national rail (Chiltern Line). Journey time to central London is around 45 minutes. Watford is the nearest mainline station. London’s airports are within easy reach (Heathrow 11 miles, Luton 17 miles). The town is close to the M25 motorway (Junctions 17 and 18) and is thus easily accessible by road.
Situated approximately 20 miles north-west of London, Rickmansworth is the largest town in the Three Rivers district of Hertfordshire. It is also one of the oldest towns in the area with a Royal Charter dating back to 1542. Its location, at the confluence of the eponymous three rivers, the Colne and its tributaries, the Chess and the Gade, has not surprisingly led to the town’s traditional industries being largely water based. The adjoining water meadows were noted for salad vegetable growing and the area was particularly famous for its extensive watercress beds. By the late 1800’s Papermaking (there were five paper mills in the area at one stage), leather tanning and brewing were all staple industries and, with the arrival of the Grand Union Canal, Rickmansworth benefited from cheaper coal and better access to market for its indigenous industries.
The railways came to Rickmansworth as early as 1862. However it was not until the growth of the Metropolitan Railway in the 1920s that Rickmansworth was developed and promoted as part of the London commuter belt – “Metroland”, as the Metropolitan Railway’s marketing department branded it – and moving out of town “up country” became a viable option for many Londoners. With regular services to central London, and a journey time of around 45 minutes, Rickmansworth remains a popular destination for those looking to move house within easy commuting distance of the capital. Chiltern Railways also operate a mainline service into London (Marylebone), as well as serving the national rail network. However, services at peak times are limited due to the relatively short platforms at Rickmansworth Station.
The centre of Rickmansworth, the area around the High Street, has changed relatively little since the mid 19th Century. In the 1960’s a new road – the Northway – was built from the top of Church Street to Station road. Within a decade, however, central Rickmansworth became a Conservation Area, with St Mary’s Church and its fine 17th century tower a focal point.
Rickmansworth today is the administrative centre of the Three Rivers District with the council offices located at Three Rivers House in the town centre. Rickmansworth boasts a range of local shops, restaurants and pubs, with Watford as the nearest large centre around five miles away to the east. With its carefully preserved town centre conservation area and easy access to the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, it’s easy to see why Rickmansworth remains a popular destination for those looking to move out of central London for a quiet place in the country.
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