Local History & Archaeology
We are an enthusiastic group, eager to discover more about the many and varied aspects of our local history and archaeology. Our recent visits have shown us that there is a wealth of knowledge waiting to be revealed right on our own doorsteps.
|Joint Group Leaders:||Sue Clark & Ruth Evans|
|Phone:||01923 283811 and 01923 448268|
|Meeting Venue:||Normally the place we are visiting.|
|Time:||2nd Wednesday of the month at 2pm. However, this may occasionally be altered to accommodate the requirements of the individual establishment.|
Five members of our group have put together this book which has grown out of earlier research (see Chorleywood Timeline and First World War below). The book includes more than 300 pictures and maps, together with interviews and historical material. It describes how the village has grown from a few isolated farms and hamlets to the thriving village of today, and looks at some of the people who have influenced that development.
The book is presented as 14 short walks. It sets out a route that takes us from Chorleywood’s earliest history in the valley of the River Chess in Roman and Saxon times, through the centuries when the tollgate was the centre of the village, to the modern period that followed on from the arrival of the railway in 1889 and in due course the building of the M25.
Click/Tap on Chorleywood: A Pictorial History to learn more.
In response to a request from Rickmansworth Museum, we have compiled data for six panels to be displayed in the museum, tracing Chorleywood's story from prehistoric times until the 20th century. To see this information click/tap on one of the panels' titles shown below.
|1 Introduction and early history||2 Opening up, settlement and dissent|
|3 19th Century||4 The arrival of the Railway|
|5 1919 – 1945||6 The Making of Chorleywood as it is today|
First World War
A U3A team has researched all those who died in the First World War and came from Chorleywood. This research has been distilled into a book which, as well as descriptions of each person, includes chapters on the village in 1914. Click/tap on WW1 project to learn more.