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Croxley Green maps

Historic maps of Croxley Green and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Croxley Green maps

Croxley Green area books

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Memories of Croxley Green

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The Watford to Rickmansworth Railway in The Second World War

Croxley Green station is now - in the 21st century - merely a shadow of its former busy life. My Auntie Dorrie (Doris Lacey) worked at this station throughout the Second World War and beyond and told me many stories of working life on the Watford to Rickmansworth line. Auntie recalls being at home in Hatch End in 1940 – she would clean the house on Thursdays. One Thursday she thought she would seek work and went up to the railway station to ask for vacancies – she chose Hatch End as this was a proper mainline railway station – not the underground!
She was posted to Croxley Green which was easy and friendly (in the booking office). She also did relief work at Watford High Street which led to an offer of permanent work there. She said no. Later she went to work at Euston but she hated her first job there – two women and twelve men. She made the tea. She was promoted and refused to... Read more

I Was Born & Lived at Croxley Green Station

1897, Croxley Green
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I am Roger Gozney and I was born in and lived at Croxley Green Station with my parents Ella and Ralph, and sister Janet. I joined the RAF straight from school, then after 16 years I left and joined the Post Office in Rickmansworth when I was living at 210 New Road, then became a bus driver for London Transport in Uxbridge and moved to Maple Cross. After that I retired early and became a warden with "The Caravan & Camping Club", retiring at 65 and moved to Gosport, Hampshire where I live with my wife. I always played sport - football for Coastal Command then later for Watford supporter on Sundays, and cricket for Durrants School and Rickmansworth British Legion. Now I am a volunteer on Hospital Radio, Driver/Guard on Eastleigh (minature) Lakeside Railway and am a steward at the local theatre.

Whitethorn Morris Dance at The Coach And Horses on Croxley Green

1897, Croxley Green
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For many years in the 1980s and 1990s morris dancers performed outside the two lovely pubs on Croxley Green - the Coach and Horses and the Artichoke.
Whitethorn Morris frequently chose these pubs as their venues for Boxing Day entertainment. The Whitethorn Band provided lively music and I would lead this on my accordian. The dancers put on an exciting visual display in their red white and blue kit and shiny clogs with bells, the surrounding crowd of onlookers would cheer and clap while stamping their feet in the frosty air and we musicians would blow on our fingers to try and keep them warm! Sometimes other Boxing Day revels took place and we would see a procession of vintage cars and bikes including a "penny farthing bike".  It was great fun. I sometimes wonder what my old school music teacher Mr Stoupe at Pinner Grammar School would have made of it as he didn't consider me good enough to study "GCE O Level Music" in school back in... Read more

The Croxley Elm Trees

1897, Croxley Green
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The 1947 council house development that was built on the north side of Baldwins Lane, west of Manor Way became my home area after moving from Rochester Way in 1948.
I loved the beautiful tall Elm trees that lined Baldwins lane and dotted the edge of the Green.
I think the tree in the photo was at the junction with New Road and the Green almost opposite the Artichoke pub. The tree stood well into the 1950s

Living in Croxley Green

I lived in Kenilworth Drive with my 3 brothers and parents, and our garden backed on to the OMT playing fields. I have many happy memories exploring this area including the old house and pond. The local area Home Guard used these fields for practice. There were also woods and dells very near to my home, again used by gangs of boys and girls to explore and make camps. My schools were Chater, Watford Central and Bushey Grammar. One other memory is collecting conkers from trees bordering the Green and in the grounds of a St Dunstan's home.

CROXLEY STATION 1940-1945

Hi, my name is Brian Nicoll. My mother, father and I lived in 10 Frankland Rd from 25/9/35 when I was born until 1956 when I got married. As a small boy I used to have a friend called Roger Gosney who lived over the Croxley station, his father was the station master. It was a great place for him and I to play in and around, the living area ran right across the top of the station with windows overlooking the road. It had all passages in the roof with lots of places for us to play hide 'n seek. His mother was very nice and made us cakes. He had a sister, I can't remember her name. They were very lucky as one night a German plane dropped bombs on a row of cottages just along the road that runs on the left side of the station, the whole fronts of about 4 cottages were blown away. My uncle took me round the next day and you could... Read more

Hertfordshire memories

Walking in The River

Chess Valley 1903, Rickmansworth
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From the concrete slab bridge by the watercress beds to the park near Scots Hill we would wade in the river with bare feet, I was only nine years old then.
The river bed was a fine golden grit that was easy to walk on. The water was always clean and clear with minnows and bullheads in abundance. We frequently saw Kingfishers darting into the water for the minnows. The water weed waved in long flowering bunches and the ripples would lap against the reed margin like quiet music. I have visited the Chess many times and have never tired of it.

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