Loudwater, Hertfordshire

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Loudwater is located in Hertfordshire
Location within Hertfordshire
Population1,242 (2001 census)
OS grid referenceTQ050965
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRickmansworth
Postcode districtWD3
Dialling code01923
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°39′27″N 0°28′52″W / 51.657442°N 0.481164°W / 51.657442; -0.481164Coordinates: 51°39′27″N 0°28′52″W / 51.657442°N 0.481164°W / 51.657442; -0.481164

Loudwater is a village in Hertfordshire, England, near the border of the county with Buckinghamshire. It is on the north bank of the River Chess just to the east of Junction 18 of the M25 motorway, north of Rickmansworth. The name Loudwater is an old name for the River Chess.[1] The 2001 population was 1,242,[2] with, in 2002, nearly a quarter being millionaires, the highest concentration of any community in the United Kingdom.[3] It is in the civil parish of Tylers Green and Loudwater.

Archaeological finds at Loudwater Farm of pottery, tiles and coins indicate that Loudwater was probably the site of a villa and water mill occupied by Germanic settlers in the 4th and 5th centuries CE.[4]

Loudwater House in Loudwater, which had a park of 150 acres (60 ha),[5] contained a pioneering central heating system in 1837.[6] It was later occupied by Joseph d'Aguilar Samuda, MP.[5] The house was converted into eleven flats in the mid-20th century.[7]

In the mid-19th century a paper mill was established in Loudwater using new technology developed by George Tidcombe.[8] The mill was still standing in 2008.[9]


  1. ^ Gover, John Eric Bruce (1938). The place-names of Hertfordshire. Cambridge University Press. p. 73. OCLC 1124069.
  2. ^ "Usual resident population" (PDF). 2001 Census, Key Statistics for HCC Settlements. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-03-26. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
  3. ^ "Papers assess Blair's diplomatic tour". BBC News. 6 January 2002. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
  4. ^ Baker, John T. (2007). Cultural transition in the Chilterns and Essex region, 350 AD to 650 AD. University of Hertfordshire Press. p. 56. ISBN 978-1-902806-53-2.
  5. ^ a b Prince, Hugh (2008). Parks in Hertfordshire Since 1500. University of Hertfordshire Press. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-9542189-9-7.
  6. ^ Richardson, Charles James (1837). A Popular Treatise on the Warming and Ventilation of Buildings. J. Weale. p. 47. OCLC 248113895.
  7. ^ "Loudwater House". The Estates Gazette. 161. 1953. p. 414.
  8. ^ "The Workshops of England". The People's Illustrated Journal. 1 May 1852. p. 14.
  9. ^ Tompkins, Herbert Winckworth (2008). Hertfordshire. BiblioBazaar. p. 126. ISBN 978-1-4375-3233-3.

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