Church of the Holy Cross, Sarratt
Sarratt shown within Hertfordshire
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Sarratt is a village and civil parish 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire, England, situated on high ground near the county boundary with Buckinghamshire. The chalk stream, the River Chess, rising north of Chesham, passes near Sarratt in the valley to the west of the village to join the River Colne in Rickmansworth. The conditions offered by the river are perfect for the cultivation of Cress. Sarratt has the last commercially operating cress farm in Hertfordshire. The valley to the east is dry.
Sarratt is within the Three Rivers District Council jurisdiction which is based in Rickmansworth. The Local Authority takes its name from the confluence of the Chess, the Colne and the River Gade which continues as the River Colne to its confluence with the Thames.
Church and chapel
The flint and brick-built Church of the Holy Cross was founded c 1190, reputedly reusing Roman tile in its construction. It is the parish church of Sarratt. From the 17th century a large linear village developed nearly 1 mile (1.6 km) away. Nowadays this area is referred to as Sarratt Green and the area around the church is known as Church End.
When the M25 London orbital motorway – widened in 2011 to eight lanes (four each way) – was opened, the rural atmosphere of Sarratt changed. Where it passes Sarratt, it is less than 1 mile (1.6 km) distant at its nearest point, the bridge carrying Sarratt Road.
Sarratt's Church of England school, situated near the junction of Church Lane and The Green, is a village primary school with 166 pupils.
Fiction and filming
In some of the early novels of John le Carré, Sarratt was the fictional location of an agent training school and interrogation centre for the British foreign intelligence service.  Le Carré and Mikhail Lyubimov, the former KGB Colonel, contributed to a book published by Village Books in 1999 as a fund-raiser for village charities titled, Sarratt and the Draper of Watford. 
Sarratt has been used as a location in television and film productions, including:
- Murder Most Foul—(1964 film)—starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple.
- Four Weddings and a Funeral—(1994 film)—in which the church was used as a filmset.
- The Demon Headmaster—(BBC TV)—second series of a children's drama series.
- Just William—(BBC TV)—a production of a children's drama series.
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- "Village farmer only one still growing the salad leaf with health benefits". www.hemeltoday.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
- "Victoria County History". British History Online. Retrieved 2014-11-13.
- "The Foundation of Holy Cross". www.holycrosssarratt.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-04-14.
- Clark, Jessica. "Starry-eyed Sarratt". Hertfordshire Life. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
- "Sarratt And The Draper Of Watford and Other Unlikely Stories About Sarratt". Nigel Williams Rare Books. Retrieved 2009-05-23.
- "Titles with location 'Sarratt, Hertfordshire'". The Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 2012-04-14.
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- 'Parishes: Sarratt', A History of the County of Hertford Date accessed: 29 December 2006.
- Holy Cross Church Website