Queens Head Curry Club
Simon Sturt shares fond memories of his time as landlord
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Down on the Farm
The first world war & the community of Wilstone
David Mead Interview
Further back in time
Before the second world war
Don Winfield Interview
The Wilstone Story
from ‘dying village’ to integrated community
Wally Braginton Interview
A Resource for Everyone
Gubblecote, Puttenham, Astrope, Wilstone & Long Marston
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Puttenham Interview

This article describes how Christine Rutter, who lives in Astrope Folly, Puttenham, has become an important source of the history of the village. This has been achieved by collecting documents and photographs and combining these with personal memories.

Wilstone Interview

This interview features David Mead, from the family that have been farming in the local area for many years and established the farm shop that is familiar to us all. David talks about his time as a child during the first world war, the community of Wilstone and his life in farming.

Long Marston History - even further back in time

Our previous interviews with The Winfields, Eunice Hall and Neil Dean led us to enquire whether there was anyone who could remember even further back, providing insights into what Long Marston was like before the second world war.

Everyone was of the same view, that there was only one person who could go back that far and that was Don Winfield. So after a quick phone call, we went to his house on Bromley, uncertain what to expect…

New Interviews

The days of Currying Flavour in Long Marston

This article covers an episode in the history of Long Marston that doesn’t go back as far as some other recent interviews; it covers the time in the 1990s when the Queens Head became well known as ‘The Curry Pub’, attracting people from far and wide to the village. The landlord from this time – Simon Sturt – shares fond memories of his time as landlord.

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Eddie Clarke Great Grandfather

Long Term in Long Marston

This article follows an interview with long term Long Marston resident, Eddie Clarke and his wife Rose, describing how Eddie’s family’s connections with the village extend back to the 19th century and how farming was such an important part of his life in the post war period.

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P.E. Mead Farm Shop in 1975

Memories from ‘Down on the Farm’

This interview features David Mead, from the family that have been farming in the local area for many years and established the farm shop that is familiar to us all. David talks about his time as a child during the first world war, the community of Wilstone and his life in farming.

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New Articles

Good Old Days

Excerpts from a transcript of the tape by Arthur Reeve (1907-1989) relating to Marsworth Airfield. The tape was produced in November 1984 by Arthur Reeve of Townfield Farm and Joan Dutton of Vicarage Road, Marsworth.

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Tring Rural History

This website has been developed on the initiative of Tring Rural Parish Council, to enable all residents of our villages to have the opportunity to find out more about our history. It has been created by a number of interested villagers working on a voluntary basis, putting together information from a variety of sources.

Evolving Process

We see this as an evolving process, starting in the first instance with a timeline of the most important events in our village histories since the beginning of the First World War in 1914. We hope to extend this foundation in two ways; firstly by creating links to pictures, articles and other websites and secondly by going back to previous periods of history, ultimately as far back as Roman times.

How you can help...

The other way in which we hope the website content will evolve is via the feedback of as many villagers as possible, either to add to the timeline or to challenge us to prove that we have got it right. We would also like any pictures or articles which can be added to those we have already found.

Keep up-to-date

The website will be strongly linked to the Village News, to which we will be submitting articles on our history, based on interviews with villagers, which will also feature on this website. We will also ask the editors to inform villagers when significant updates to the website are taking place.

Send in your photos, stories, documents and we’ll get them added!