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EPW056338 ENGLAND (1938). The railway station, St Mary's Church and the town, Rickmansworth, 1938

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Title [EPW056338] The railway station, St Mary's Church and the town, Rickmansworth, 1938
Reference EPW056338
Date 5-February-1938
Link
Place name RICKMANSWORTH
Parish
District
Country ENGLAND
Easting / Northing 506131, 194376
Longitude / Latitude -0.46620048779656, 51.637696223283
National Grid Reference TQ061944

Pins

Post Office. When the Swan Hotel across the street was demolished in 1966, a new post office was built on the site.

The Laird
Monday 4th of April 2016 12:14:27 AM
King's Arms public house

The Laird
Sunday 3rd of April 2016 11:59:24 PM
The Fox & Hounds public house

The Laird
Sunday 3rd of April 2016 11:49:57 PM
Rickmansworth Police Station. The building survives. Relocated to new building in Rectory Road in 1952. This now has also been vacated and the building demolished.

The Laird
Sunday 3rd of April 2016 11:48:52 PM
The old Rickmansworth Fire Station

The Laird
Sunday 3rd of April 2016 11:44:25 PM
The original Police Station before a larger purpose-built premises was opened in High Street in 1897.

The Laird
Sunday 3rd of April 2016 11:41:49 PM
At this time, this area appears to be a gravel extraction pit (one of many in the area.) The pit must have had a relatively short working life, as shots taken a few years later show that it had been backfilled and was being used as a timber yard. This would eventually become a Travis Perkins building supplies depot. There is no sign of extraction equipment in situ and close inspection reveals tipper lorries that may be backfilling the old pit at this time. There are formative plans to build a hotel on the site.

The Laird
Sunday 3rd of April 2016 11:06:24 PM
Franklin's Mineral Water Co. factory (now Marks and Spencer). This had previously been a silk mill.

The Laird
Sunday 3rd of April 2016 10:54:44 PM

The Laird
Sunday 3rd of April 2016 10:49:58 PM
Much of this rather decorous area was swept away when the hideous Penn Place mixed development was built here in 1960. This in turn has been replaced by another unlovely and looming residential development.

The Laird
Sunday 3rd of April 2016 10:48:58 PM
The Homestead. A large house once occupied by the bailiff of Rickmansworth Park, which by this time had been acquired by the Royal Masonic School for Girls.. Comet House would occupy the site.

The Laird
Sunday 3rd of April 2016 10:38:27 PM
Oerlikon Stock electrical multiple unit three car train. An example of this type is to be found at the National Railway Museum, York. http://www.nrm.org.uk/OurCollection/LocomotivesAndRollingStock/CollectionItem.aspx?objid=1978-7068 The trains were originally painted out in LNWR crimson, but were later repainted BR green. The Rickmansworth branch from Watford was electrified in 1927.

The Laird
Monday 10th of August 2015 02:26:00 PM
Old Salter's Brewery maltings. At the time of this photograph, the building was occupied by the Moussec Champagne and Wine Company. Moussec was a brand of cheap British sparkling wine that occupied a similar place in the alcoholic beverage market as Babycham. The brand seems now to be extinct.

The Laird
Monday 10th of August 2015 02:04:09 PM
Methodist Church (demolished 1984)

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 11:51:52 AM
Coach & Horses pub

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 11:51:10 AM
Amazingly, this garage and showroom still exists as Bridge Motors (complete with old school petrol pump attendants)

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 11:49:48 AM
The Feathers pub

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 11:45:21 AM
The Western pub (now Druid's)

The Laird
Thursday 30th of April 2015 11:42:00 AM
Tree,by the ever observant jon Swain

This is six
Tuesday 8th of April 2014 02:04:16 PM
another Bridge with the pin stuck on it, reading Jon Swain see things, jon swain like name things, Jon Swain is lonley.

This is six
Tuesday 8th of April 2014 02:01:02 PM
john Swain sticking pins in the bridge, with the lable 'BRIDGE' written on them in case you din't know

This is six
Tuesday 8th of April 2014 01:58:46 PM
allotments by John Swain

This is six
Tuesday 8th of April 2014 01:56:57 PM
The Swan Public House

Norman Lucey
Thursday 31st of October 2013 04:53:06 PM
Parsonage Farm

Norman Lucey
Thursday 31st of October 2013 04:51:08 PM
Batchworth Locks

Norman Lucey
Thursday 31st of October 2013 04:49:29 PM
The pointer is actually on the weir. River Chess lock is visible just below, providing a route up from the Grand Union Canal to the River Chess. Batchworth Lock is just off the picture, a few feet further south.

Dave Wedd
Friday 7th of March 2014 05:43:35 PM
Artists Rest Home

Norman Lucey
Thursday 31st of October 2013 04:48:17 PM

Norman Lucey
Thursday 31st of October 2013 04:42:43 PM

Norman Lucey
Thursday 31st of October 2013 04:41:23 PM
The Metro-Land Cedars Estate

Norman Lucey
Thursday 31st of October 2013 04:40:00 PM
Railway sidings on north side of station

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:44:14 PM

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:40:45 PM
300 foot long platform

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:39:56 PM
Grand Union Canal

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:33:36 PM

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:31:06 PM

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:30:14 PM
London Midland & Scottish Railway: Rickmansworth Branch 1862.

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:25:23 PM

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:22:30 PM
Gas Works on east side of town.

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:19:23 PM

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:18:40 PM
Rickmansworth Station 1887

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:15:56 PM
Metropolitan Railway

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:13:21 PM
Victoria Hotel

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:12:37 PM
Demolished September 2015

The Laird
Tuesday 15th of September 2015 10:37:59 AM

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:11:12 PM
This large building is actually the Odeon cinema - the old Town Hall was actually located further west in the High Street

Norman Lucey
Thursday 31st of October 2013 04:36:51 PM

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:09:47 PM

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:09:02 PM
Railway Arms Public House

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:08:23 PM

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:04:48 PM

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:04:08 PM
Rickmansworth Church Street Station

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:02:34 PM

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:01:36 PM
St.Mary's Church

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 04:00:33 PM

User Comment Contributions

This is an attractive picture of the old town of Ricky seen from the south and with the former LMS station on Church Street, at the terminus of the 1862 LMS branch from Watford. Despite living within one mile of this short branch line, on the postwar housing estate at South Oxhey, I never witnessed a single train on this track between 1953 and 1962! However, I've walked the popular Ebury Way on several occasions once the tracks were eventually removed in the 1980s.

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 05:34:40 PM
Located at the junction of the River Colne with its tributaries, the Chess and Gade, the church and manor house at Rickmansworth lay immediately north of the water meadows. The Grand Junction Canal arrived in the 1790s, to be followed later by the 1862 London & North Western Railway branch from Watford and, even later, the Metropolitan Railway to the north of the town in 1887.



Rickmansworth Church Street Station was originally a simple wooden structure, which was reputedly a leaky and flimsy structure. Nevertheless, it was a busy terminus for both freight and passengers in the last decades of the Victorian era. During 1921/22, the wooden building was replaced by a more substantial brick structure, with several offices, waiting rooms and signal levers. At its peak in the early prewar period, there were six sidings and a large good shed. However, competition from the omnibus and the Met during the 1920s resulted in reduced freight and passengers on the LMSR Branch. From the 1860s until 1927, the branch was operated by steam powered rail-motors, and when electrification of the system was completed, old Joint Stock trains were used until 1939. From then onwards, Oerlikon saloon car sets were used until closure in 1952. Keen railway buffs may be able to make out the train waiting at the platform in the photo for the short, journey to Watford High Street/Junction. Rickmansworth (Church Street) station was closed, on March 2nd,1952, to passengers when the final train departed at 10.45 and after years of declining ticket sales, the decision to close the branch came as no surprise. A limited freight service continued until January 1967.

John Swain
Tuesday 6th of August 2013 05:20:17 PM