Rickmansworth Platform

Rickmansworth Platform

Rickmansworth Entrance

Rickmansworth Entrance

Rickmansworth Platform

Rickmansworth Platform

 

The name Rickmansworth comes from the Saxon name Ryckmer, the local landowner, and worth meaning a farm or stockade. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was recorded as the Manor of Prichemaresworde. Other spellings include Rykemarwurthe (1119–46) and Richemaresworthe (1180). There was a settlement in this part of the Colne valley in the Stone age. Rickmansworth was one of five manors with which the great Abbey of St Albans had been endowed when founded in 793 by King Offa. Local tithes supported the abbey, which provided clergy to serve the people until the dissolution of the monasteries in 1539. In July 1860 Lord Ebury obtained powers to construct a 4.5 mile single-track railway line between Watford and Rickmansworth, which opened in October 1862. Rickmansworth (Church Street) station was opposite the church to the south of the town with interchange sidings with the nearby Grand Union Canal.[6] The line had stations at Watford Junction and Watford High Street and a depot in Watford. Despite hopes the railway would bring economic development and serve the factories and warehouses that had developed along the Grand Union Canal, it was Watford that grew at a faster pace and drew business from Rickmansworth. The railway was never financially successful and the official receiver was called in only four years after opening. On 8th July 1889 they extended the line to Chesham.

 

The Metroplitan Railway built an extension from Pinner and opened a station at Rickmasworth on 1st September 1887. There are two tracks through the station, shared in both directions by London Underground and National Rail trains. A third old and unused platform (from the steam days) is still in place. This platform also served shuttle trains running to and from Watford through the West curve and Croxley. Rickmansworth is still the changeover point for drivers on the Metropolitan line. The majority of LU trains heading north to Amersham are timetabled to stop at Rickmansworth for about five minutes to change train staff. The station is in Travelcard Zone 7. The station has boarding ramps, toilets, a car park, payphones and a waiting room.

 

Connections: National Rail (Chiltern Railways). The station is served by the 320 (Arriva) and 324 (Arriva) bus routes.