About the Museum


Located in Rickmansworth High Street, in Basing House (itself of historical significance as the former home of William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania), the Three Rivers Museum houses an interesting and varied collection of historical artefacts and images of the Three Rivers area.  A range of permanent and temporary displays provides a visual history of the area - its development, buildings, personalities, transport, local businesses and industries - while our collection of memorabilia provides a wider perspective on bygone times.

Three Rivers Museum Trust is a company limited by guarantee incorporated in England and Wales No. 2907154, registered office Basing House, High Street, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 1RL. Registered Charity No. 1164893.

The museum is run entirely by volunteers.

Admission to the museum is FREE, although a small donation towards our running costs is always welcome.


Three Rivers District 

What other area of comparable size can claim such a fascinating range of historical connections?

  • a former centre of Britain's paper-making Industry
  • the Grand Junction Canal, from 1796
  • A Chartist village
  • Moor Park Mansion
  • a number of famous people - musicians, architects and industrialists
  • a Saddleback Church (which is one of only three in the country)
  • the Ovaltine factory and model farms
  • William Penn, the great Quaker philosopher

It even features, thanks to Douglas Adams, in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:

'And then, one Thursday, nearly two thousand years after one man had been nailed to a tree for saying how great it would be to be nice to people for a change, a girl sitting on her own in a small cafĂ© in Rickmansworth suddenly realized what it was that had been going wrong all this time, and she finally knew how the world could be made a good and happy place. This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything.'  (From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams)

The museum seeks to cover as many facets of the Three Rivers as possible, from Abbots Langley, through Sarratt, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth and Croxley Green, to South Oxhey. Exhibits and displays are supplemented by a range of free leaflets offering brief biographies of characters associated with the area and walks that take in buildings of historic interest.

Rickmansworth Town

Situated at the confluence of the Colne, Chess and Gade rivers, Rickmansworth has a history stretching back over 1,000 years. As communications with London were poor before the arrival of the Metropolitan railway, Rickmansworth - now situated within the Green Belt - has developed at its own pace and retains the character of a local market town. A fascinating mixture of architectural styles, placing 16th and 17th century timber-framed houses alongside modern office blocks and residential developments, the streets of Rickmansworth provide the student of urban development with a microcosm of the way in which our small towns have evolved over the centuries throughout the country.