The History of the Horti: Chapter 3

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The Early Fifties – Times of Change. It is not always possible to know the exact times of changes in personnel, particularly during these early times when meeting minutes have not all been preserved.

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The Most Memorable Vicar?

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This is the second of our articles on Churchmen who have made outstanding contributions to the life of our villages.

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Wartime Tragedy

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1943 – They were coming back from the Cattle Market in Aylesbury in foggy conditions. Three senior members of long term farming families in Long Marston and Puttenham.

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The Best of Vicars?

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This article is about the clergyman who might win the contest for biggest impact on life in Tring Rural villages

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The Wilstone Rabble

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In 1853 the post of Pastor of the New Mill Baptist Chapel became available. New Mill was seen by the local villagers as the Parent Chapel and other chapels were guided by their policies.

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The History of the Horti: Chapter 2

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The ‘History of the Horti’ continues with Chapter 2, covering the period directly after its foundation in 1936, including World War II.

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Kelly’s Post Office Directory

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These are a few extracts from the entry for Tring in Kelly’s directory:

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The Building of Long Marston School

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October 1873: William Masters became Vicar of Long Marston and the surrounding parishes in January 1871. He made an immediate impression and attracted such large numbers to his services that there was soon standing room only in Long Marston Church. His first initiative was to raise the funds to build a more suitable vicarage, securing […]

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The rain stopped eventually!

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The Tring Rural History stand at the 2023 LMPHS Village Show organised by the Horti seemed to have a good reception from those that visited it. Possibly because we were located right next to the beer tent! There were long term residents, those that had moved away and newcomers to the villages all taking an […]

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The Brigadier beats the Retreat – August 1967

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In 1967 the Long Marston Show had a special opening feature that seems to have been achieved via special contact earlier in the year with a General Wilson

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Village People

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What I love about living in a village is its history: the landscape, the buildings and the people who made them.

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The History of the Horti: Chapter 1

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Chapter 1: Foundation – How it all started

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The Birth of the Puttenham Parish Room

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Joseph Williams, owner of the Pendley Manor, was a wealthy benefactor with a soft spot for Puttenham.

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The Dethronement of a Chomping Champion

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The Long Marston and Puttenham Village Show of 1986 was, as usual, a popular and well attended occasion, with the usual attractions of the Dog Show, Clay Pigeon Shoot, Children’s Fancy Dress and Pony Rides.

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The Famous Rector of Puttenham: 1485

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Christopher Urswick was appointed Rector of Puttenham in 1482, through the influence of Margaret Beaufort, mother of the future king, Henry VII.

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Flying High with the Horti

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I was delighted to be the instigator of Pat Carty’s visit to Long Marston on 21st April. Though all I did was pass on his email address following the articles about Pat that we produced for our website.

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A Certain Lack of Trust!

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The first Long Marston and Puttenham Village Show was held in August 1936. The dominant theme for this first event was the vegetables and flowers competitions with 46 different categories plus 2 more for children.

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The Headmaster’s wife’s tale

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After receiving valuable new material from Long Marston School, we are now able to share a personal experience of that fateful day from a different perspective. All previous accounts of the bombing of the school have been from the children; this recently discovered account is from Margaret Savage, wife of the Headmaster.

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How the Squadron of Deception came to Cheddington

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Just when you think that one book about the second world war could never be matched, another one comes along.

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Pat Carty talk on Cheddington Airfield

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Pat Carty, author of the book the ‘Secret Squadrons of the Eighth’ has agreed to come and do another talk of the history of ‘Cheddington Airfield’ on Friday 21st April at 7pm.

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American Activities

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In August 1944, the 36th Bomb Squadron was formed and came to Cheddington/Marsworth Airfield.

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Unpacking Treasure Troves

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One problem of running a website of local history is generating new content and new interest when, by definition, all material is in the past.

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Essence of Churchill

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This poem was written by John Mullis after a fire blitz in London. John was a wartime evacuee to Long Marston who later came to live in the area and published a book of 50 of his poems in 1970.

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A newcomer moves to Wilstone

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In 1953 Chapel Farmhouse and the orchard in front of it had were sold by the Gregory family to Dorothea Measom. On her death in 1956, the property was inherited by Herbert Samuel Stevens living in Chelsea, known as Jan Stevens, and reported to have been a close friend of Dorothea.

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