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For the town in the Philippines, see Sarrat. For other uses, see Sarratt (disambiguation).
Church of the Holy Cross, Sarratt
Sarratt is located in Hertfordshire
 Sarratt shown within Hertfordshire
Population 924 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference TQ045994
District Three Rivers
Shire county Hertfordshire
Region East
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 South West Hertfordshire
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Coordinates: 51°41′01″N 0°29′15″W / 51.683603°N 0.487523°W / 51.683603; -0.487523

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.[2] 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[edit]

The flint and brick-built Church of the Holy Cross was founded c 1190, reputedly reusing Roman tile in its construction.[3] It is the parish church of Sarratt.[4] 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.

The village also included a Baptist Chapel and an independent Providence Mission Hall—both having closed in recent years and converted into private residences.


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.

Junction 18 (M25) is on the Chorleywood Road (the A404) only 2 miles (3.2 km) by road from the village, affording Sarratt close access to the motorway network and Heathrow airport.


Sarratt's Church of England school, situated near the junction of Church Lane and The Green, is a village primary school with 166 pupils.

In December 2015 Ofsted inspected the school and judged it to be good across the board,[5] having been in special measures since December 2014.[6]


Sarratt Ducklings, an independent pre-school for children aged from 2 to 4, located in the grounds of Sarratt Primary School, is a registered charity. It was judged outstanding by Ofsted in 2015.[7][8]

Fiction and filming[edit]

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. [9] 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. [10]

Sarratt has been used as a location in television and film productions, including:[11]

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