Hertfordshire Genealogy

Guide to Old Hertfordshire

 

Croxley Green

Parish created in 1872 from the Parish of

Rickmansworth

 

Places

Rickmansworth

The following description comes from Guide to Hertfordshire, by An Old Inhabitant (1880)
 
 

The Village, Croxley Green

Postcard published by B H Ward (the name over the shop)

and posted in 1906 (Also seen posted 1904)

A separate Ecclesiastical District was formed in 1872 at Croxley Green, and a Church built, dedicated to All Saints, in the Early English pointed transitional style of architecture. The exterior of the edifice is of Bath stone, and the Church consists of chancel, nave, and vestry, with a small round tower, on the north side, containing one bell and a circular spire. On the south side is a handsome porch, approached by a flight of steps. The roof is of timber, and the floor is paved with tiles. Beautifully carved oak stalls are in the chancel, and the Church is provided throughout with solid oak pews. There is a richly embellished reredos of Caen stone, and a stone pulpit. One of the principal features in the building is the splendid east window of stained glass, presented by the Rev. A. H. Barker, Vicar of St. Mary's, Rickmansworth. The total cost of erection of this Church was about 2,500, which was raised by public subscription; it will accommodate 250 people. The living is a consolidated Chapelry, of the value of about 392, in the gift of the Vicar of Rickmansworth. The Primitive Methodists have a neat brick Chapel here, in the New Road, erected in 1868; and there are good Schools. The population of Croxley Green is about 1,000.

The following information comes from the 1953 edition of
The Buildings of England: Hertfordshire

Croxley Green Station

Croxley Green station is now - in the 21st century - merely a shadow of its former busy life. My Auntie Dorrie (Doris Lacey) worked at this station throughout the Second World War and beyond and told me many stories of working life on the Watford to Rickmansworth line. Auntie recalls being at home in Hatch End in 1940 - she would clean the house on Thursdays. One Thursday she thought she would seek work and went up to the railway station to ask for vacancies - she chose Hatch End as this was a proper mainline railway station - not the underground!

She was posted to Croxley Green which was easy and friendly (in the booking office). She also did relief work at Watford High Street which led to an offer of permanent work there. She said no. Later she went to work at Euston but she hated her first job there - two women and twelve men. She made the tea. She was promoted and refused to make the tea! She eventually became a clerk in the British Railways personnel office.

Her memories of the ticket office at Croxley Green are vivid. The watercress growers of the Chess Valley would bring their baskets to the station to be sent to the markets in London. She got on well with these regular station visitors and they gave her some of their used baskets which she lined with old fabric to make my first carry cot when I was born in 1945! On Watford market days the young mothers of Croxley would catch the train to Watford High Street station but they would leave their prams in the left luggage office for which they had to pay a penny. Auntie felt so sorry for them that on the days the station master was not on duty she would let them leave their prams in the ticket office for nothing and keep an eye on them herself. The station master never found out! Her morning shift began very early before the first train of the day. She would set off from home in Hatch End shortly after 4 am and pedal along Oxhey Lane past Carpenders Park and Bushey Arches. She bought the bike from my mother for 5 after Mum joined the WRAF and was posted to Egypt. Auntie remembers a policeman would regularly see her on these early morning rides and pedal alongside her to keep her safe! All her memories of Croxley during the war years are full of happy anecdotes of warm-hearted and caring local people.

Information provided by John Howard Norfolk (jhnorfolk @t googlemail.com), May 2008

Book: Rickmansworth, Chorleywood & Croxley Green - A collection of photographs

Book: Croxley Green as it used to be - A collection of Photographs

There are a number of web sites which could be of interest. There is a very interesting history An Outline History of Croxley Green (130 BC to 1934 AD) reproduced form an old typescript whose author is currently unknown. The text can be found on CroxleyGreen.com. The Friends of the Green site at www.themcgregors.demon.co.uk/fotg/ (not found Nov 2006) includes a map showing the listed buildings. All Saint's Church also has a web site croxleygreenallsaints.org which includes some pictures, a description of the main features of the building, and a useful history. The Methodist church also has a web site, with a picture and short history.

The history of an ancient barn (which is looking for friends to ensure its future survival) is described online. There are also some excellent photographs including the following:

 

This picture of 1912 shows the vast interior of the barn and its timber structure, some 35 feet from floor to ridge. There has been some argument as to whether the roof beams may be of oak or chestnut. The roof caved in and the building was in a bad condition during the 1960's, but it has now been restored to its former appearance.  Rickmansworth - A Glimpse of the Past

 

The River Chess

Croxley Green

A Frith Post Card

f you can add to the information given above tell me.

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