Rickmansworth Historical Society has published a new book about the people who lived and died in the old parish of Rickmansworth in the Middle Ages.
The book is called Pre-Reformation Wills from Rickmansworth Parish (1409-1539) and edited by Society Chairman Dr Heather Falvey.
The book examines medieval wills, which 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.
There are 213 surviving wills of Rickmansworth parishioners dating from 1409 to 1539 and also 35 grants of administration or simple notes that probate had been granted.
The 270-page book is a must-read for anyone interested in finding out more about the the past history of the area. It costs £7.50 and is available from the Historical Society’s website, from Dr Heather Falvey directly and from Three Rivers Museum.
To purchase the book head to rickmansworthhistory.org.uk/2021/10/06/life-and-death-in-the-medieval-parish-of-rickmansworth/