Croxley Green

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Croxley Green
Croxley Green is located in Hertfordshire
Croxley Green
Croxley Green
Croxley Green shown within Hertfordshire
Population 12,562 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference TQ075955
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Rickmansworth
Postcode district WD3
Dialling code 01923
Police Hertfordshire
Fire Hertfordshire
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Hertfordshire
51°38′49″N 0°26′42″W / 51.647°N 0.445°W / 51.647; -0.445Coordinates: 51°38′49″N 0°26′42″W / 51.647°N 0.445°W / 51.647; -0.445

Croxley Green is a large suburb of Rickmansworth and a civil parish in England. Located on the A412 between Watford to the northeast, and Rickmansworth to the southwest in Hertfordshire, it is approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of London.

The population at the 2011 Census was 12,562.[1]

History[edit]

The Green
Croxley Common Moor
River Gade

Croxley Green has a large village green. The Croxley Green Windmill was built c1860 and survives today converted to residential accommodation.

The Green houses the "Revels on The Green", an annual village fair which includes a traditional maypole dance, which used to be illustrated on the road signs on entering the village. The revels were featured in Metro-land, the 1973 television documentary by John Betjeman, who referred to them solemnly as "a tradition dating back to 1952". The annual Mummers play, "St. George & The Dragon", is played out during the Christmas period at a number of village hostelries. Since 2006 the Parish Council have organised a firework display on The Green for New Year's Eve.

Croxley Mill was built in 1830 adjacent to the Grand Union Canal by the paper manufacturer John Dickinson. Croxley Script stationery used to be produced there by John Dickinson and Co. Ltd. Dickinson Square, Dickinson Avenue, and Barton Way are streets named after the mill owner and some contain the houses built by the company for their workers at the end of the 19th Century. The mill closed in 1980.[2][3] In 1986 Croxley Common Moor to the south of the village, OS grid reference TQ083949, was designated as an SSSI. In 2008 a group of residents were successful in gaining village green status for Buddleia Wood, a small area of woodland to the south of the village, thereby protecting the area for generations to come. The village signs were replaced in February 2008 with a scene of All Saints Church and The Green.

Rail transport[edit]

Train services are currently provided by the Watford branch of the London Underground Metropolitan line from Croxley station. The journey is 40 – 45 minutes to Baker Street; 60 minutes to Aldgate in the City of London.

Schools[edit]

In 2016, Rickmansworth School took in an extra class of 30 students of which would now occur with every new year group joining with £2.3 million funding to upgrade their facilities from the government.

York House School[edit]

York House School is an independent preparatory day school for girls and boys aged from 3 to 13 years of age, located on Sarratt Road near Croxley Green in Redheath, an eighteenth-century mansion. The school was founded in Hampstead and relocated to Rickmansworth in the late 1940s; then moved again to its current location in 1966.[10] In 2011, it celebrated 100 years. The school's alumni are referred to as "Old Yorkists". The school motto is "Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam", which is Latin for "Either I shall find a way or I shall make one".

Redheath was built and rebuilt in stages by the Baldwin, Finch, and Baldwin Finch families. The current features date variously from 1712, 1743 and 1866.[11]

Churches[edit]

C of E All Saints' Church, The Green[12]

C of E St Oswald's Church, Malvern Way[13]

C of E Explore Church, Fuller Way[14]

Croxley Green Baptist Church, Baldwin's Lane[15]

Croxley Green Methodist Church, New Road[16]

Roman Catholic, St Bede's, Baldwins Lane

Croxley Green Christian Assembly[17]

Notable residents[edit]

Local organisations[edit]

Croxley Green has a Residents Association and a Parish Council. There are local organisations dedicated to pastimes and leisure. The Croxley Green Society runs the "Revels", an event hosted on The Green in June/July every year. There are varying clubs including the camera, needlecraft, wine, vineyard, bicycle, jazz, and folk. Additionally there is an annual free of charge festival, called 'CroxFest', which takes place on The Green in September.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Civil Parish population 2011". Newighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 28 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Ailsa Jenkins, ‘Dickinson, John (1782–1869)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edn, Oxford University Press, Oct 2007 accessed 20 Dec 2008
  3. ^ Evans, Joan. The endless web: John Dickinson and Co. Ltd., 1804–1954 (1955)
  4. ^ http://www.morrisminorspre-school.com/
  5. ^ "Home Page". Malvern Way Infant and Nursery School. 2017-03-10. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  6. ^ R.Hyde. "Home". Little Green Junior School. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  7. ^ "Harvey Road Primary School". Harveyroad.herts.sch.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  8. ^ "Home Page". Yorke Mead Primary School. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  9. ^ "Home". Rickmansworth School. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  10. ^ Gym lessons from army instructor Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. ^ William Page, ed. (1908). "Watford: Manors". A History of the County of Hertford. Victoria County History. 2. pp. 451–464. Retrieved 2009-02-26. REDHEATH is an estate about four miles north-west of Watford, on the borders of the parish of Rickmansworth, consisting partly of freehold and partly of copyhold land held of the manors of Croxley Hall and Cassio. It was occupied by the Baldwins in the early part of the sixteenth century, and remained with owners of that name till 1709, when Thomas son of Henry Baldwin died without issue, and was succeeded by his nephew Charles, son of Charles Finch and Mary sister of Thomas Baldwin. Charles Finch died without issue in 1718, and was succeeded by his brother John, from whom the estate descended in a direct line to Henry Baldwin Finch, the present owner. The Baldwin family appear to have built a house here, but all of that building has disappeared. In 1712 Charles Finch added a new front to the house, and that date appears on it. Further additions were made in 1866 by Henry Charles Finch. The front part is the only old portion remaining. The house is a three-storied building of brick, the roof being surmounted by a large square wooden clock turret, with an open octagonal cupola on the top. The clock in the tower bears the inscription GEORGE CLARKE, WHITE-CHAPPLE, 1743. There are moulded brick cornices over the first-floor windows, and the entrance door, which is in the centre of the front, has a fine semicircular projecting wooden hood, supported on richly-carved brackets. There is a very fine avenue of beech trees, stretching from the back of the house to Chandler's Cross. 
  12. ^ "All Saints' Church". Croxleygreenallsaints.org. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  13. ^ "St Oswald's Church". Stoswaldschurch.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  14. ^ "Explore Church". Explore Church. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  15. ^ Croxley Green Baptist Church
  16. ^ "Croxley Green Methodist Church". Croxleymethodist.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  17. ^ "Croxley Green Christian Assembly". Archive.org. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  18. ^ Stephen Follows, ‘Woodhouse , Barbara Kathleen Vera (1910–1988)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 20 Dec 2008
  19. ^ David Crozier (2014-09-15). "September 18, 1981". News Shopper. Retrieved 2017-04-01. 
  20. ^ "Big Ron Dies of Cancer at 60". Daily Mirror. Trinity Mirror. 22 October 1997. Retrieved 14 April 2009. 

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