A parish created in 1845 from part of the parish Rickmansworth


The following description comes from Guide to Hertfordshire, by An Old Inhabitant (1880)

Two miles and a-half north-west of Rickmansworth, is the Hamlet and Ecclesiastical District of Chorley, or CHORLEY WOOD, founded in 1845. Christ Church was entirely rebuilt in 1870, with the exception of the tower; it is Early English or the 13th century, and consists of a nave, chancel, north aisle, and tower, with one bell. There are some fine stained-glass windows, a richly decorated chancel roof, and a beautiful altar­piece representing the adoration of our Lord. The Church possesses a good organ. The living is a Vicarage, of the annual value of 392, with a residence, in the gift of trustees. The CEDARS is a fine mansion here, the residence of J. S. Gilbert, Esq.; it takes its name from the magnificent cedars which abound on this property. The population of Chorley Wood is 995; the number of acres, 1,825.

A Pretty view of Chorley Woods

Chorley (or Charley Wood) is an ecclesiastical district, 3 miles north-west [of Rickmansworth], with a population in 1851 of 938. The church is named Christ church. The living is a perpetual curacy, annual value 40, in the gift of Mr. Hayward, and held by the Rev. Arthur Scrivener, M.A. Here is a Baptist chapel. Soles Mill is on the Chess. Currants Bottom, Long Hill, and Catlip (or Gatlets) lie to the south.

Post Office Directory for Hertfordshire, 1866

Chalfont Road, Chorleywood - pu c1905


Parish Church

Tollgate Cottage

The Cedars

King John's farm

Maud Huntsman's Paintings

Views by Coles, of Watford


Rickmansworth, Chorleywood & Croxley Green

Rickmansworth & Chorleywood in Old Postcards

The Book of Chorleywood and Chenies

Chenies & Chorleywood in Camera

Web Sites
Christchurch, Chorleywood

Chorleywood Parish Council
Chorleywood (Wikipedia)


Selected Answers

Wharncliffe, The Common


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Chorley Wood near the Gate Inn


Posted 1913 - unusual franking mark


Gate Inn, Chorleywood


Walter Albert Gates was the publican at The Gate in 1912

Chorley Wood Common, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire


The Common, Chorley Wood

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posted 1906 (Rickmansworth to Paddington)



Chorley Wood Hotel

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no publisher

posted 1911 (Rickmansworth to Manchester)


Chorley Wood Hotel, Chorleywood, Hertfordshire



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May 2009   Website links updated
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