Croxley Green

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Croxley Green
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Croxley Green
Location within Hertfordshire
Population12,562 (2011 Census) [1]
OS grid reference TQ075955
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Rickmansworth
Postcode district WD3
Dialling code 01923
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51°38′49″N0°26′42″W / 51.647°N 0.445°W / 51.647; -0.445 Coordinates: 51°38′49″N0°26′42″W / 51.647°N 0.445°W / 51.647; -0.445

Croxley Green is both a village and a suburb of Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire, England. It is also a civil parish. Located on the A412 between Watford to the northeast and Rickmansworth to the southwest, it is approximately 20 miles (32 km) northwest of central London.

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Croxley Green has changed considerably in the years since John Dickinson built paper mills in the area. The area has grown into a semi-urban community, thanks to Croxley tube station on the Metropolitan line providing connections to London's West End at Baker Street and stations through to the City at Aldgate.

The population at the 2011 Census was 12,562. [1] Croxley Green is a part of the UK Parliament constituency, South West Hertfordshire. Gagan Mohindra is the Member of Parliament since the December 2019 United Kingdom general election. [2]

History

Croxley Green has a large village green. The Croxley Green Windmill was built c.1860 and survives today converted to residential accommodation.

The Green holds an annual village fair, the "Revels on The Green", which includes a traditional maypole dance. The revels were featured in Metro-land , the 1973 television documentary by John Betjeman, who referred to them as a tradition dating back to 1952. Since 2006, the Parish Council has organised a firework display on The Green for New Year's Eve.

In 1830, John Dickinson built Croxley Mill adjacent to the Grand Junction Canal, since 1929 part of the Grand Union Canal. John Dickinson Stationery produced Croxley Script. Dickinson Square and Dickinson Avenue are named after the paper mill owner and contain houses built by the company for their workers at the end of the 19th Century. The mill closed in 1980. [3] [4]

In 1986, Croxley Common Moor to the south of the village, OS grid reference TQ083949 , is a 39.5 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve. In 2008 a group of residents were successful in gaining village green status for Buddleia Wood, a small area of woodland to the south of the village, thereby protecting the area for generations to come. The village signs were replaced in February 2008 with a scene of All Saints Church and The Green.[ citation needed ]

Rail

Croxley Underground Station Croxley Tube Station - exterior.JPG
Croxley Underground Station
The Green The Green, Croxley Green, early spring.jpg
The Green
Croxley Common Moor
River Gade River Gade with Croxley Common Moor on the left.JPG
Croxley Common Moor
River Gade

Train services are provided from Croxley station on the Watford branch of the London Underground Metropolitan line, providing connections to London's West End at Baker Street and stations through to the City at Aldgate. The journey is between 40 and 45 minutes to Baker Street, and 60 minutes to the terminus at Aldgate.

Churches

Local organisations

Croxley Green has a Residents Association and a Parish Council. There are local organisations dedicated to pastimes and leisure. The Croxley Green Society runs the "Revels", an event hosted on The Green in June/July every year. There are varying clubs including the camera, needlecraft, wine, vineyard, bicycle, jazz, and folk. Additionally there is an annual free of charge festival, called 'CroxFest', which takes place on The Green in September.

Notable residents

Schools

York House School

York House School is an independent preparatory day school for girls and boys aged from 3 to 13 years of age, located on Sarratt Road near Croxley Green in Redhead, an eighteenth-century mansion. The current features date variously from 1712, 1743 and 1866. [20]

The school was founded in Hampstead in 1910 by Rev. Cambridge Victor Hawkins. It relocated to Rickmansworth in the late 1940s, then moved again to its current location in 1966. [21] [22] The school motto is "Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam", which is Latin for "Either I shall find a way or I shall make one". The school's alumni are referred to as Old Yorkists. [23]

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