New book reveals amazing vintage photos of Rickmansworth
- Credit: Courtesy of John Cooper
With photographs going back over a century, a new book - Lost Rickmansworth, Croxley Green and Chorleywood by John Cooper - reveals how Rickmansworth and its surrounding villages once looked and the stories behind the images.
The town of Rickmansworth in the Colne Valley in the south-west of Hertfordshire historically included the villages of Croxley Green and Chorleywood within its parish.
Through much of its history this was a small settlement with industrial development along the Grand Union Canal.
The arrival of the railways in the 19th century and especially the extension of the Metropolitan Railway in the 1920s and '30s changed all that - with a massive development of the area, advertised to would-be new residents as Metro-land - an idyllic place to live with an easy commute to London.
A new book, Lost Rickmansworth, Croxley Green and Chorleywood by Watford's John Cooper, presents a photographic portrait of this corner of Hertfordshire over the past century, showing the industry, buildings, street scenes and people that once made up the area.
Those smoky worlds of make-believe, the local cinemas have sadly gone.
As have Walker’s boatbuilding, Moussec’s sparkling wine and the John Dickinson paper mills.
However, many buildings have survived such as Croxley House, The Cedars and Chorleywood House, though all now used for a different purpose to their original ones.
Above are a selection of images of a bygone age. Do you remember when it looked like this?
Lost Rickmansworth, Croxley Green and Chorleywood by John Cooper and published by Amberly is priced £15.99.
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