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EAW029476 ENGLAND (1950). The town, Rickmansworth, 1950

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Title [EAW029476] The town, Rickmansworth, 1950
Reference EAW029476
Date 12-May-1950
Link
Place name RICKMANSWORTH
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 506179, 194336
Longitude / Latitude -0.46551919989425, 51.637327599553
National Grid Reference TQ062943

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This attractive area was replaced in the 1960s by a disgracefully ugly mixed residential and retail development known as Penn Place. The development included a rather disreputable modern pub called the Artists' Retreat. The name was a reference to an attractive villa that stood on the site, which served as a retirement home for artists. Penn Place was in turn replaced by another ugly residential development of expensive Lego block apartments.

The Laird
Friday 6th of October 2017 05:25:02 PM
These structures are possibly prefab housing or temporary government buildings erected during the war. They seem to be in an area now occupied by the car park opposite the William Penn Leisure Centre in Shepherds Lane.

The Laird
Friday 6th of October 2017 05:02:12 PM
This locomotive water tower still exists. At the time of the photo it would still have been used to replenish the steam locomotives still using the station.

The Laird
Friday 6th of October 2017 04:48:58 PM
This area (now a service station) was once, I suspect, the horse and livery stables for the adjoining Victoria Hotel (now demolished) at a time when motor transport was still a thing of the future. It is probably already a garage, but utilising the original stable buildings.

The Laird
Friday 6th of October 2017 04:43:56 PM
London bound Metropolitan-Vickers Bo-Bo electric locomotive heading a rake of six 'Dreadnought' carriages approaching Rickmansworth. The train has left the stabling sidings north of the station as the mainline was not electrified north of this point at that time. Another Metrovick loco appears to remain in the sidings and must have been the loco that had originally headed the northbound train. No doubt it would reposition to the changeover sidings south of Rickmansworth station in readiness to take over another southbound train. Had the train's original destination been Amersham or beyond, a steam locomotive would have taken over for the remainder of the journey. Rickmansworth remained the changeover point for steam and electric locos until September 1961. At one time, the Metropolitan Railway (and London Transport) operated one of two pullman carriages on selected services, which, for a supplementary charge, provided light meals and refreshments in comfortably appointed surroundings. This service was withdrawn as a wartime economy measure in 1939 and was never reinstated.

The Laird
Friday 6th of October 2017 04:23:34 PM
The old wartime British restaurant. Closed in 1965. I believe the building may have thereafter been used by the WRVS. In all probability it would have been the WVS (the forerunner of the WRVS) who ran the wartime facility. British Restaurants were communal restaurants set up by the Ministry of Food during WW2 to provide the public with cheap and nutritious (if very plain) meals that were not subject to the rationing quota. Many continued for some time after the war when food rationing continued.

The Laird
Friday 6th of October 2017 04:16:27 PM
The Feathers public house. A very old hostelry originally called The Cock.

The Laird
Friday 6th of October 2017 04:07:11 PM
Upper area of Highfield Way before any house built

RogerRicky
Thursday 12th of May 2016 06:33:09 PM
Saint Joan of Arc School

KPatt
Sunday 28th of February 2016 05:42:28 PM
Hampton Hall Farm

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 11:44:20 AM

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 11:40:48 AM
A new block of government offices, which incorporated a driving test centre. Now adapted into a private care home for the elderly.

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 11:38:21 AM
St Mary's Church

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 11:25:00 AM
The old Salter's brewery maltings buildings. At this time occupied by Moussec Champagne and Wine Co, makers of British sparkling wine. I doubt if they would get away with the reference to Champagne nowadays. Their product was a very slightly more sophisticated alternative to Babycham.

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 11:23:06 AM
The original police station. Replaced by the High Street building in 1897. The building still exists. It is hard to see anyone being locked up here as there was no obvious provision for cells.

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 10:53:53 AM
Shepherds Lane

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 10:41:14 AM
Berry Lane running through empty fields.

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 10:36:19 AM
The Happy Man pub would be built here. Happily, it burnt down.

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 10:34:01 AM
St Peter's Church, Mill End

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 10:26:30 AM
Halfway House pub

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 10:21:08 AM
The Kings Arms pub. Now converted as an office premises.

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 10:15:06 AM
Bridge Motors. This site has changed very little apart from the addition of an awning over the petrol pumps

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 10:13:11 AM
This row of cottages would have been swept away at the time that Riverside Drive was constructed.

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 10:09:31 AM
There seems to be quite an area of allotments in this locality. No doubt they are a legacy of the 'Dig for Victory' effort of WW2.

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 10:06:47 AM
Type 24 Pillbox. This has been removed.

The Laird
Friday 1st of May 2015 10:03:58 AM
In 1952 the police station and fire station were relocated here. Only the fire station remains.

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 10:38:23 PM
Bowling green (still exists)

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 10:36:39 PM
Methodist Church (demolished 1984)

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 10:34:48 PM
Coach & Horses pub

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 10:34:07 PM
Remains of Sabey's Cut (lock gates still in situ at top)

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 10:32:05 PM

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 10:30:44 PM

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 10:29:29 PM

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 10:28:30 PM
The original Fire Station

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 01:55:45 PM
The old Police station in the High Street, currently a bookmakers, which replaced the original in Talbot Road in 1897. Replaced in turn in 1952 by the building in Rectory Road. (Now also demolished.)

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 01:52:35 PM
Fox & Hounds pub

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 01:43:30 PM
The Western pub

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 01:41:24 PM
The Swan Hotel

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 01:40:06 PM

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 01:27:56 PM
Town swimming pool. Opened in 1909. It appears to be fed by the town ditch. Goral Mead flats built on the site.

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 01:26:29 PM
Three Rivers Council offices built on this site.

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 12:52:19 PM
Rickmansworth Library built here.

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 12:50:53 PM
The Watersmeet Theatre was eventually built here.

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 12:49:40 PM

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 12:42:07 PM

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 12:41:27 PM
This shed was used by locomotives used in the changeovers from steam to electric haulage and vice versa, which took place at Rickmansworth.

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 12:40:12 PM
Victoria Hotel

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 12:36:48 PM
Postal sorting office.

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 12:30:59 PM
Telephone exchange

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 12:27:37 PM
Franklin's soft drinks factory.

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 12:12:59 PM
The Railway Arms (later the Batchworth Arms)

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 12:11:53 PM
Rickmansworth Station. Now all that remains is the 3-4 mile Ebury Way Footpath to Watford over the old Railway Line. In Watford best picked up end of Cardiff Rd

ordinarybloke
Thursday 27th of March 2014 06:07:12 PM

MB
Friday 21st of February 2014 06:23:01 PM
Rickmansworth station on the Metropolitan and Great Central joint line

MB
Friday 21st of February 2014 06:21:18 PM

MB
Friday 21st of February 2014 06:16:32 PM

User Comment Contributions

Railway station: terminus of an ex-LNWR branch line from Watford Junction

MB
Friday 21st of February 2014 06:19:24 PM