Croxley Green

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Croxley Green
Croxley Green is located in Hertfordshire
Croxley Green
Croxley Green
Croxley Green shown within Hertfordshire
Population12,562 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ075955
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townRickmansworth
Postcode districtWD3
Dialling code01923
PoliceHertfordshire
FireHertfordshire
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast 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 village and large suburb of Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire, and a civil parish in England. Located on the A412 between Watford to the northeast and Rickmansworth to the southwest, it is approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of central London.

Croxley Green has changed considerably in the years since John Dickinson built paper mills in the area. The area has grown into a semi-urban community, thanks to Croxley tube station on the Metropolitan line providing connections to London's West End at Baker Street and stations through to the City at Aldgate.

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

History[edit]

Croxley Green has a large village green. The Croxley Green Windmill was built c. 1860 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, is a 39.5 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve. 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.[citation needed]

Rail[edit]

Croxley Underground Station
The Green
Croxley Common Moor
River Gade

Train services are provided from Croxley station on the Watford branch of the London Underground Metropolitan line, providing connections to London's West End at Baker Street and stations through to the City at Aldgate. The journey is between 40 and 45 minutes to Baker Street, and 60 minutes to the terminus at Aldgate.

Churches[edit]

  • C of E All Saints' Church, The Green[4]
  • C of E St Oswald's Church, Malvern Way[5]
  • C of E Explore Church, Fuller Way[6]
  • Croxley Green Baptist Church, Baldwin's Lane[7]
  • Croxley Green Methodist Church, New Road[8]
  • Roman Catholic, St Bede's, Baldwins Lane
  • Croxley Green Christian Assembly[9]

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.[16] 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.[17]

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.

Notable residents[edit]

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. ^ "All Saints' Church". Croxleygreenallsaints.org. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  5. ^ "St Oswald's Church". Stoswaldschurch.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  6. ^ "Explore Church". Explore Church. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  7. ^ Croxley Green Baptist Church
  8. ^ "Croxley Green Methodist Church". Croxleymethodist.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  9. ^ "Croxley Green Christian Assembly". Archive.org. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  10. ^ http://www.morrisminorspre-school.com/
  11. ^ "Home Page". Malvern Way Infant and Nursery School. 2017-03-10. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  12. ^ R.Hyde. "Home". Little Green Junior School. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  13. ^ "Harvey Road Primary School". Harveyroad.herts.sch.uk. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  14. ^ "Home Page". Yorke Mead Primary School. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  15. ^ "Home". Rickmansworth School. Retrieved 2017-04-01.
  16. ^ Gym lessons from army instructor Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ 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.
  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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