Croxley Green History Project

Croxley Green History Project Croxley Green's local history group. Visit our website https://www.croxleygreenhistory.co.uk

6th January 1947 ​Molly spent two years and eleven months  at Ramsden Heath until she was released on as Lance Corporal....
06/01/2024

6th January 1947 ​Molly spent two years and eleven months at Ramsden Heath until she was released on as Lance Corporal. Her release document records that she was exemplary, trustworthy and hard working.

We are grateful to her family for sharing photos and documents of her happy life in Croxley Green where she was married to her husband Reg for over 70 years.

Mary Brown, known as Molly, was born in Burnley, Lancashire on 26th November 1923. There is not much information about Molly’s family life, prior to her wartime experience. Her occupation until 1944 is known to have been a presser.

Saturday 4th December 1993 at the Parish Office, we were pleased to welcome quite a number of local residents and around...
04/12/2023

Saturday 4th December 1993 at the Parish Office, we were pleased to welcome quite a number of local residents and around 300 maps were sold. Everyone has been generous in their praise of the work. At the time of writing, about 900 maps have been sold. The costs, incurred by the Parish Council, will be covered after 1000 sales and any further income will be used for local community projects. We thank everyone who has worked on and supported the Map Project, which is a fitting celebration of Croxley Green. We have already thanked the artists, Daphne Simmons and June Thomas, and our researcher/scribe, Norma Stubington but would add our thanks to all who believed in and supported us. Maps may still be purchased from the Parish Office between 10am and 2pm on any weekday morning or from the Library during normal opening hours. The give-away price is £3.00 per copy, size 28" x 22", including protective cardboard tube. A special thank you to Library staff for promoting and selling the map so effectively.
Ernest Burdis & Margaret Pomfret.

Archive editions of the Community News that became the Croxley Resident with editions going back to 1948.

December 1970, a visit from Mrs Howard the District Nurse to the Christmas lunch led to an article in the District Nursi...
01/12/2023

December 1970, a visit from Mrs Howard the District Nurse to the Christmas lunch led to an article in the District Nursing magazine. Even in 1970 the Welcome Club had 250 members and a waiting list of nearly 50.

October 1965 - ​It is now three months since the Appeal was launched to raise £3,000 for this project and it is a long time since a local matter aroused so much interest.

17th November 1983 saw the sad passing of Herbert Geoffrey Wells who served in WW2. Memories of him and other are in the...
17/11/2023

17th November 1983 saw the sad passing of Herbert Geoffrey Wells who served in WW2. Memories of him and other are in the WW2 Memories section of the website.

​I came to live in Croxley Green with my parents in January 1945. I was 12 years old and went to Durrants School. My family had moved from a tiny village in Essex not far from Basildon and the Tilbury docks that were across The Thames from Gravesend.

11th November Margaret Hobbs remembered when at Yorke Road school (pre WW2) that "a few girls went to the Boys School to...
11/11/2023

11th November Margaret Hobbs remembered when at Yorke Road school (pre WW2) that "a few girls went to the Boys School to make laurel chains to hang round the War Memorial, we always went there for a service and 2 minute silence."

Yorke Road School - From The Croxley Green Resident issue 199 The school was opened in 1875, It was a church school and during the first week about 70-75 pupils were enrolled but the numbers varied a lot as it wasn’t compulsory to attend.

6th November 1894 saw the birth of George Gray and the 1911 census had him living at 237 New Road. After service in WW1 ...
06/11/2023

6th November 1894 saw the birth of George Gray and the 1911 census had him living at 237 New Road. After service in WW1 the 1939 register shows George living at 27 Springfield Close.

As we move towards Armistice, please do not forget those who served from Croxley Green.

George Gray was born on the 6th November 1894 to parents Frederick and Susan Gray living on Scots Hill. He was baptised on the 2nd December 1894 by Astley Roberts, vicar of All Saints church, recorded in the church archives Baptism register.

28th October 1941 saw Reg Beckley enter military hospital for wounded servicemen and he stayed until January 1942. We ar...
28/10/2023

28th October 1941 saw Reg Beckley enter military hospital for wounded servicemen and he stayed until January 1942. We are grateful that local families share their memories and photographs with us for future posterity.

Reg was born on 4th April 1922 to parents Elizabeth (Jarlett) and Alfred Beckley. The family lived at 87 Norfolk Road, Rickmansworth. Elizabeth was born in Greenwich, London but Albert was resident in Rickmansworth.

19th October 1901 saw the birth of Dr. Julius Grant and during World War Two, Grant used his expert knowledge in the pro...
19/10/2023

19th October 1901 saw the birth of Dr. Julius Grant and during World War Two, Grant used his expert knowledge in the properties of paper to develop specialist papers for "war related" activities.

His expertise was put to use on the Great Train Robbery and also announced that the Hi**er diaries were a forgery.

Dr Julius Grant was born on 19th October 1901 in the East End of London. He was always interested in chemistry, He attended evening classes at Queen Mary's College, London, obtaining a degree in chemistry and then went on to take his doctorate at King's

17th October 1880 saw the birth of Charles Henry Blois Bisshopp who became the vicar of All Saints Church (1917-1933) Th...
17/10/2023

17th October 1880 saw the birth of Charles Henry Blois Bisshopp who became the vicar of All Saints Church (1917-1933)

This page is a good example of how we can go off on a tangent in researching people as we were sent a picture of a tankard that he was awarded whilst at Pembroke College, Cambridge and so researched him further.

​Charles Henry Blois Bisshopp was born in Ipswich, Suffolk to parents Gertrude and Edward Bisshopp, an architect and Diosian surveyor. Charles attended Pembroke College, Cambridge. He was ordained into the Church of England.

15th October 1872, 151 years ago today at the Court at Balmoral, All Saints Church was consecrated.
15/10/2023

15th October 1872, 151 years ago today at the Court at Balmoral, All Saints Church was consecrated.

Whereas the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England have, in pursuance of the Act of the eighth and ninth years of Her Majesty, chapter seventy; of the Act of the nineteenth and twentieth years of Her Majesty.

12th October 1867 (156 years ago) saw an advert in the Watford Observer that a purpose built beer-house, "The Rose" had ...
12/10/2023

12th October 1867 (156 years ago) saw an advert in the Watford Observer that a purpose built beer-house, "The Rose" had been erected and was now available for auction together with the four adjoining newly built Rose cottages.

Sadly the pub is no longer with us but you can see where it was here

​The Rose was built on land at the lower end of New Road towards the Watford Road and close by to The Red House. Approximately thirty acres of farmland belonging to Hollowtree House.

10th October 1893 saw the death of Sarah Ann Todman who was the landlady of the Sportsman on Scots Hill.Her probate reco...
10/10/2023

10th October 1893 saw the death of Sarah Ann Todman who was the landlady of the Sportsman on Scots Hill.

Her probate record is a good example of how mistakes in records can sometimes mean you miss the information you are searching for. The official record had her living in "Crouchley Green" which clearly is wrong.

https://www.croxleygreenhistory.co.uk/the-sportsman.html

8th October 1854, Charles Barton Smith was baptised in Gravesend and went to to be the Manager of Dickinson's Mill and f...
08/10/2023

8th October 1854, Charles Barton Smith was baptised in Gravesend and went to to be the Manager of Dickinson's Mill and founder of the Dickinson Institute

The family lived at Lindiswara on Watford Road (long demolished) buy you can see family photos of the house here

​Charles was born in Gravesend Kent and baptised Charles Smith on the 8th October 1854 at St George’s parish church, Gravesend. His parents were Thomas and Mary Anne Smith. Thomas Smith was born in Rochester Kent c1823 and Mary Anne Smith (nee Jury) wa

6th October 1890 saw the birth Sidney Martin King and in 1911 he was living at 89 New Road. Sidney was one of the many s...
06/10/2023

6th October 1890 saw the birth Sidney Martin King and in 1911 he was living at 89 New Road.

Sidney was one of the many soldiers from Croxley Green who served in WW1 and thankfully he returned alive and lived a long and happy life passing away in 1975.

​Sidney was born on 6th October 1890 to Daniel and Alice King. The 1911 census recorded by Alice, describes her husband as a retired farmer living with his family in Lawn Villa cottages, 89 New Road. Daniel is 89 years old and Alice is 52 years.

1st October 1895 The London Gazette reported on this day that a primitive Methodist chapel was certified as a place of r...
01/10/2023

1st October 1895
The London Gazette reported on this day that a primitive Methodist chapel was certified as a place of religious worship and marriages in New Road Croxley Green.

In 1866 Mr Pierce came to live in Croxley Green and found that the village did not have a chapel for him to attend. Living in Croxley Green New Road he decided to make his home available for others to come together for worship.

The 1939 Register was conducted on 29th September 1939. The information collected it was used to create identity cards f...
29/09/2023

The 1939 Register was conducted on 29th September 1939. The information collected it was used to create identity cards for when rationing was introduced in January 1940, and the distribution of ration books. Information in the Register was also used to administer the use of conscription and where to direct the best use of labour, and to monitor and control the movement of the UK population caused by military mobilisation, mass evacuation during WW2.

Ever wondered who lived in your house? This is an important census as there is no 1931 census due to it being lost in a fire and 2051 will be the next available census.

The 1939 Register was conducted on 29th September 1939. The information collected it was used to create identity cards for when rationing was introduced in January 1940, and the distribution of ration books. Information in the Register was also used to ad

On 25th September 1940 at 9:35pm All Saints Church Croxley Green was severely damaged by a parachute mine
25/09/2023

On 25th September 1940 at 9:35pm All Saints Church Croxley Green was severely damaged by a parachute mine

It was agreed to apply to the Master and Fellows of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, the Lords of the Manor of Croxley Green, for a building site.

Are you part of a long standing Croxley Green business, group or organisation?We would love to help you get your history...
25/07/2023

Are you part of a long standing Croxley Green business, group or organisation?

We would love to help you get your history in one place and perhaps record memories for posterity?

Thank you to Croxley Camera Club whose history is now online for all to see. https://www.croxleygreenhistory.co.uk/camera-club.html

You can use our contact page on the history website should you want to get in touch

Croxley Camera Club ​are a photographic society based in Croxley Green and have a wide range of photographic interests and skills within our club with photographic advice available from specialists.

On 28th June 1901 (122 years ago) Mr Hanes resigned as the headmaster of the Old Boys School on Watford Road with the ne...
28/06/2023

On 28th June 1901 (122 years ago) Mr Hanes resigned as the headmaster of the Old Boys School on Watford Road with the next week seeing "Neggy Wilson" taking over as headmaster.

We only have one image of the school that is now Magisters Court and hope somebody has a photo of the school that they are willing to share?

Land bought by John Dickinson to provide housing in Dickinson Square and Dickinson Avenue for the mill employees also offered a site for an additional school. Plans were drawn up and approved on the 6th December 1893.

Lots of local interest in the future of the Red Cross Centre and hopefully the newly created page will give residents an...
16/06/2023

Lots of local interest in the future of the Red Cross Centre and hopefully the newly created page will give residents an overview of the history of the Red Cross Centre.

Extracts from editions of the Croxley Resident and an excellent overview by Mike Collins treasurer of the Welcome Club 1981 to 2016

There are also copies of the lease and title plans that are downloadable.

October 1965 - ​It is now three months since the Appeal was launched to raise £3,000 for this project and it is a long time since a local matter aroused so much interest.

13/06/2023

We are researching a family who left for Australia in 1967.

Anything about Josephine Burdis (maiden name) and Norman Dodsworth would be gratefully accepted.

Where they lived would be nice. Norman Dodsworth played in a Jazz Band and was a printer. Nothing much on the internet and so we hope somebody may have memories?

The 1966 Croxley Revels were on 11th June 1966. Come visit our stall next weekend
11/06/2023

The 1966 Croxley Revels were on 11th June 1966. Come visit our stall next weekend

The Revels is the embodiment of the community of Croxley Green and is one of the prime factors that give the village its unique identity.

Can you help?  Would anyone like to take a guess as to the name of this famer who farmed along the green?The 1766 map wa...
01/06/2023

Can you help? Would anyone like to take a guess as to the name of this famer who farmed along the green?

The 1766 map was created by Gonville & Caius that shows the tenant farmers of Croxley Green (Manor of Croxley map is on the website)

We have recently found out that the original name of Killingdown Farm was Chamberlyn's Farm that went on to become known...
26/05/2023

We have recently found out that the original name of Killingdown Farm was Chamberlyn's Farm that went on to become known locally as Chambers Farm.

Only one image and nothing in print so any input gratefully accepted if you know anything?

The original farmhouse is thought to be early 17th century but has since been altered and extended. From the early 1920’s Killingdown Farm has been the home of the Foster family.

21st May 1621 (402 years ago) you can see a Latin document that is also translated about the Manor of Croxley.
21/05/2023

21st May 1621 (402 years ago) you can see a Latin document that is also translated about the Manor of Croxley.

Latin manuscripts relating to Croxley Green which have been kindly translated by local historian Heather Falvey.

Researching family or just curious as to who lived in your house over the years, we have all he Census records from 1841...
24/04/2023

Researching family or just curious as to who lived in your house over the years, we have all he Census records from 1841 ending with the 1939 Register (10 separate records) and they can be downloaded in Excel format.

Census records of Croxley Green that started in 1841. We have transcribed records to make searching for family members easier. The are in Word, Excel and PDF formats.

Old Boys School, Watford Road. After exhaustive searching, this appears to be the only image available to show what the ...
21/04/2023

Old Boys School, Watford Road.

After exhaustive searching, this appears to be the only image available to show what the school looked like.
https://www.croxleygreenhistory.co.uk/the-old-boys-school-watford-road.html

Please prove us wrong and help us find an actual photo of the old school

Land bought by John Dickinson to provide housing in Dickinson Square and Dickinson Avenue for the mill employees also offered a site for an additional school. Plans were drawn up and approved on the 6th December 1893.

10/04/2023

We are looking for any old photo of the Old Boys School Watford Road Croxley that was replaced in c1996 by the Magisters Lodge flats.

Surely somebody has a photo they are willing to share?

Exercise & History - Have you walked the Croxley Green Boundary Walk? Did you know that there is lots of local history t...
07/04/2023

Exercise & History - Have you walked the Croxley Green Boundary Walk? Did you know that there is lots of local history to be seen as you walk?

Start at the top of Little Green Lane with your back to the Green and Croxley House on your left. Walk down the lane past Killingdown Farm to Little Green. Continue straight ahead, past Waterdell House. At Coachman’s Cottage take the very narrow path (can

The first meeting of the Croxley Green Parish Council was on 3rd April 1986 with 16 newly elected councillors and 37 yea...
02/04/2023

The first meeting of the Croxley Green Parish Council was on 3rd April 1986 with 16 newly elected councillors and 37 years later a new group of Councillors are being sought for the impending elections.

The Parish Council will represent the interests of those who live, learn and work in Croxley Green and will collaborate with others to deliver, maintain and improve the range of services available to the community.

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