Loudwater, Hertfordshire

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Glen Chess, Loudwater
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
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 private housing estate in the parish of Chorleywood,[1][2] separated from the latter by the River Chess, north of Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire and just to the east of Junction 18 of the M25 motorway. Loudwater is an old name for the River Chess.[3] The 2001 population was 1,242.[4]


1816 sketch by John Christian Schetky of the river Chess at Loudwater

Archaeological finds of pottery, tiles and coins at Loudwater Farm indicate that it may be the site of a villa and water mill occupied by Germanic settlers in the 4th and 5th centuries AD.[5] In the mid-19th century a paper mill was established in Loudwater using new technology developed by George Tidcombe.[6] The mill was still standing in 2008.[7]

The present estate was built over approximately 20 years from 1939 on plots from the grounds of Loudwater House (see below) and now is a conservation area.[8] There are approximately 450 dwellings, and there is no pub, shop or community focus, but there is a residents' association.[1]

In 2002, nearly a quarter of the residents were millionaires, the highest concentration of any community in the United Kingdom.[9] The average house price in April 2020 was £1,620,296. [10]

As of April 2020 the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire is Robert Voss CBE, a resident of Loudwater with his wife Celia. [11]

Loudwater House[edit]

Loudwater House in Loudwater, which had a park of 150 acres (60 ha),[12] contained a pioneering central heating system in 1837.[13] It was later occupied by Joseph d'Aguilar Samuda, MP.[12] The house was converted into eleven flats in the mid-20th century.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Loudwater Residents' Association". Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Why it's time to move to Chorleywood and Loudwater". Hertfordshire Life. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  3. ^ Gover, John Eric Bruce (1938). The place-names of Hertfordshire. Cambridge University Press. p. 73. OCLC 1124069.
  4. ^ "Usual resident population" (PDF). 2001 Census, Key Statistics for HCC Settlements. Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original (PDF) on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2009.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ "The Workshops of England". The People's Illustrated Journal. 1 May 1852. p. 14.
  7. ^ Tompkins, Herbert Winckworth (2008). Hertfordshire. BiblioBazaar. p. 126. ISBN 978-1-4375-3233-3.
  8. ^ "Loudwater Estate Conservation Area Appraisal". 3 Rivers District Council. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Papers assess Blair's diplomatic tour". BBC News. 6 January 2002. Retrieved 21 March 2009. The place with the highest number of millionaires is not the London borough of Kensington or Mayfair but the village of Loudwater near Watford in Hertfordshire, where almost one in four people have a seven figure fortune.
  10. ^ "House prices in Loudwater, Hertfordshire stand at £1,620,296 on average - Zoopla". www.zoopla.co.uk. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire: Robert Voss". GOV.UK. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  12. ^ a b Prince, Hugh (2008). Parks in Hertfordshire Since 1500. University of Hertfordshire Press. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-9542189-9-7.
  13. ^ Richardson, Charles James (1837). A Popular Treatise on the Warming and Ventilation of Buildings. J. Weale. p. 47. OCLC 248113895.
  14. ^ "Loudwater House". The Estates Gazette. 161. 1953. p. 414.

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