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Life and Death in Historic Rickmansworth

Medieval wills provide insights into the lives of ordinary people: their family and social networks, their religious convictions and piety, their wealth, their personal and domestic possessions, their livestock and the tools of their trade. For many places such documents have not survived, but they have for the medieval parish of Rickmansworth, which encompassed the settlements at Batchworth, Chorleywood, Croxley, Maple Cross, Mill End and West Hyde, as well as Rickmansworth itself.

In all there are 213 surviving wills of Rickmansworth parishioners dating from 1409 to 1539, and probate documents relating to 35 others. As well as revealing details of life (and death) in the parish the wills also tell us about the church of St Mary’s, which was rebuilt (twice) in the nineteenth century. The wills also provide names of numerous relatives, servants and friends in the locality.

Although testators rarely stated where they lived – all were expected to attend St Mary’s and would be buried there – it is clear that they came from all over the parish. Tax assessments from 1524 do reveal in which settlement taxpayers lived and so people named in wills made about that time can be located more definitely.

Rickmansworth Historical Society's latest book, Pre-Reformation wills from Rickmansworth parish (1409 to 1539), provides the text of all of these documents, including the tax assessments, and the introduction discusses life in the medieval parish.

Pre-Reformation wills can be purchased for £7.50 from the Three Rivers Museum, at any of the Society's meetings, or by e-mail [email protected] Or you can use the order form here:

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Format: Softback, 162 pages
ISBN 978 0 9544583 3 1

Price: £6

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Price: £14.99

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Price: £15

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Edited by Brian Thomson

Published by Rickmansworth Historical Society

Format: paperback, 109 pages, fully illustrated
ISBN 978 0 9544583 2 4

Price: £4

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Abbots Langley Reminiscences 1
Author: Abbots Langley Local History Society

Format: paperback - 2007

Price: £3.00

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The Croxley Great Barn, Croxley Herts
Artist: (c) 2003 John Kirkham
Format: Printed Card

Price: £0.80p each or £3.00 per pack of 5

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Loudwater, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire
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Author: Adrienne Jacques
Format: paperback – April 2008

Price: £1.00

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Basing House - the history of a famous Rickmansworth house
Author: Alan Jamieson
Format: Booklet

Price: £2.00

Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church, Scots Hill Rickmansworth
Artist: (c) 1998 John Kirkham
Format: Printed Card

Price: £0.80p

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Rickmansworth Baptist Church 150th Anniversary 1843-1993
Author: Prepared by the Rev. A.J.D.Farrer, B.A.. & Mr J. Compton
Format: paperback – 1993

Price: £0.30p

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The First 21 Years - the history of the Museum

Author: Alan Jamieson

Format: booklet

Price:£2.00

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Rickmansworth Park, Hertfordshire
Author: Adrienne Jacques
Format: paperback – March 2003

Price: £1.00

Lion and Eagle

Rickmansworth's Lion and Eagle
'The story behind the statue'
Author: E.V. Parrott
Format: paperback – Spring 1979

Price: £0.10p

Thoughts on Old Ricky

Thoughts on Old Ricky
Author: Florence Samuel (neé Knight)
Format: paperback – February 2000

Price: £2.50

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Author: John Cooper
Published by: Amberley
Format: softback, 96 pages, fully illustrated

Price: £14.99

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Hertfordshire's Historic Inland Waterway: Batchworth to Berkhamsted
Author: John Cooper
Published by: Amberley
Format: softback, 96 pages, fully illustrated

Price: £14.99

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An Introduction to Croxley Great Barn
Compiled and edited by David Harding
Format: Booklet
Price: £2