Template:Infobox UK place Sarratt is a village and civil parish Template:Convert north of Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire, England, situated on high ground near the county boundary with Buckinghamshire. The chalk stream, the River Chess, rising north of Chesham, passes near Sarratt in the valley to the west of the village to join the River Colne in Rickmansworth. The valley to the east is dry.
Sarratt is within the Three Rivers District Council jurisdiction which is based in Rickmansworth. The Local Authority takes its name from the confluence of the Chess, the Colne and the River Gade which continues as the River Colne to its confluence with the Thames.
Church and chapel
The flint and brick-built Church of the Holy Cross was founded in 1190. It is the parish church of Sarratt. From the 17th century a large linear village developed nearly Template:Convert away. Nowadays it is called Sarratt and the area around the church is known as Church End. The village also included a Baptist Chapel and a Methodist Mission Hall, both having closed in recent years and converted to private residences.
When the M25 London orbital motorwayTemplate:Spaced ndashwidened in 2011 to eight lanes (four each way)Template:Spaced ndashwas opened, the rural atmosphere of Sarratt changed. Where it passes Sarratt, it is less than Template:Convert distant at its nearest point; the bridge carrying Sarratt Road.
Junction 18 (M25) is on the Chorleywood Road (the A404) only Template:Convert by road from the village, affording Sarratt close access to the motorway network and Heathrow airport.
Sarratt's Church of England school, situated near the junction of Church Lane and The Green, is a village primary school with approximately 180 Junior Mixed Infants.
In Fiction and the Media
In some of the early novels of John le Carré, Sarratt was the fictional location of an agent training school and interrogation centre for the British foreign intelligence service, often incorrectly referred to as MI6.
Le Carré, and the former KGB Colonel, Mikhail Lyubimov, contributed stories to Sarratt and the Draper of Watford, a book published by Village Books in 1999 as a fund-raiser for village charities.
Sarratt has been used as a location in several television and film productions including:
- Murder Most Foul—(1964 film)—starring Margaret Rutherford as Miss Marple.
- Four Weddings and a Funeral—(1994 film)—in which the church was used as a filmset.
- The Demon Headmaster—(BBC TV)—second series of a children's drama series.
- Just William—(BBC TV)—a production of a children's drama series.
- 'Parishes: Sarratt', A History of the County of Hertford Date accessed: 29 December 2006.
- Holy Cross Church Website