The History of the Horti: Chapter 7

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There must come a time when history ends and merges with the present day. When that happens there is no need to rely on archives of the past because we have the real time memories of those who have experienced the events of recent times.

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The History of the Horti: Chapter 6

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In the previous chapter the question was asked, would the new momentum following the appointment of new Chairman Tom Chapman in 1976 be continued into the new decade?

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How the Glassers came to Wilstone

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Harry Glasser moved to Wilstone in 1938. Harry was brought up in London but was a ‘country boy at heart’.

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The History of the Horti: Chapter 5

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The seventies was not an easy time for the country as everyone felt the impact of high inflation, industrial unrest and economic downturn. It also seems to have been a difficult time for the Horti at the beginning of the decade.

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Was Hugh Marmaduke the best of them all?

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Our previous articles have covered the lives of two distinguished and memorable vicars of Long Marston; William Caldwell Masters (1871 – 1885) and Eric John Anthony (1931-1962).

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The History of the Horti: Chapter 4

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The 1950s had been a period of innovation and development for the Horti and it would have been remarkable if this level of change had been repeated.

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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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