A Memory of Ethel May Edmonds

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Ethel was the youngest of three children and is the last of her generation. She was born at Elstree, but at a very young age the family moved to Ivinghoe.

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The Adventures of the Rector of Puttenham – Episode 3

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1521: Christopher Urswick is coming to the end of his life and looks back on what he has achieved…

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The Adventures of the Rector of Puttenham – Episode 2

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AD 1485: Christopher Urswick continues the story of the The Adventures of the Rector of Puttenham

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Remembrance this year

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The words community, our country, our world have been vary ill, have seen friends and family die, have had to face times of restriction, job losses, loneliness and so much more.

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The Adventures of the Rector of Puttenham – Episode 1

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AD 1483: This was the time when the War of the Roses – as it later became known – had been going on for nearly 30 years.

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The History of the Wilstone Farm Shop

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The Mead family have been farming in and around Wilstone since before 1860. Originally the Mead’s came out of London to produce hay and straw for the working horses of the city. Simon and Chris are the sixth eneration and things have changed a lot.

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Where is Auntie Em’s husband?

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My great grandmother Orpah Maria Proctor was born in Gubblecote in 1876, one of eight children. Orpah married Joseph Edwards from Wilstone in 1899 and lived in the village for the rest of her life, ultimately at Mardew, now 66 Tring Road.

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Wilstone Village Stores from Past to Present

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The Village Stores has held a central role in Wilstone village life for over 120 years. Early photographs show a large white building (known as 34 Tring Road) as a bakery and post office, run by George Hanwell in 1898. It is thought to have replaced a near derelict thatched building, typical of houses in […]

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The Joys of Feedback

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When we first set up this website nearly a year ago, one of our earliest decisions was to encourage feedback. This was for two reasons; firstly because interaction is an important factor in long term success; secondly because we knew that we would not get everything right first time.

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A history of Fred and Rose Cooper of the Half Moon, Wilstone

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Frederick Ernest Cooper was born on the 20th January 1877 in the village of Harrold in Bedfordshire. His early upbringing would almost certainly have included helping out on Crow Hill Farm on which he lived with his farm labourer father Thomas and mother Elizabeth.

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Episode 3 – Odo in Puttenham 1082

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This is the third of three episodes in the life of the famous Bishop Odo, half-brother of William the Conqueror and Lord of Puttenham Manor in the 11th Century. These episodes describe Odo’s thoughts and motivations during three visits to Puttenham one before the Norman Conquest and two afterwards. It combines factual information about the village and the country during that time, with insights into the motivation that brought about the Norman Conquest and William’s subsequent reign over England.

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Branch line to Marston Gate: revealed

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What else can be seen today of the former branch line to Aylesbury

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Episode 2 – Odo in Puttenham, 1068

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This is the second of three episodes in the life of the famous Bishop Odo, half-brother of William the Conqueror and Lord of Puttenham Manor in the 11th Century. These episodes describe Odo’s thoughts and motivations during three visits to Puttenham one before the Norman Conquest and two afterwards. It combines factual information about the village and the country during that time, with insights into the motivation that brought about the Norman Conquest and William’s subsequent reign over England.

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Summer of 1940 in Long Marston

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Congratulations to Long Marston cricket club on their half-century at Marlins. When I was a child, Marlins was one of several areas of allotments in Long Marston, but by the early 1960s times had changed and people were no longer urged to “Dig for Victory” as they had been during WW2.

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Episode 1 – Odo in Puttenham, 1051

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This is the first of three episodes in the life of the famous Bishop Odo, half-brother of William the Conqueror and Lord of Puttenham Manor in the 11th Century. These episodes describe Odo’s thoughts and motivations during three visits to Puttenham one before the Norman Conquest and two afterwards. It combines factual information about the village and the country during that time, with insights into the motivation that brought about the Norman Conquest and William’s subsequent reign over England.

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Episode 5; The Reverend Roland Johnson’s Story; July 30th 1751

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This is the last of a series of imagined scenarios based on the widely known story of Hertfordshire’s Last Witch Hunt, as seen by five of the individuals involved, It is broadly based on the known facts from published accounts but a number of other assumed facts and conversations have been introduced to add context and make it easier to read. We have also condensed the timescale to bring the early part of the story to life.

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Formal opening of the Tring Local History Museum

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Sunday 13 March saw the official opening of the Tring Local History Museum, 17 years after the Tring & District Local History & Museum Society was set up by Tring Town Council with the aim of getting a museum started.

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Episode 4; Harry Archer’s Story; April 22nd 1751

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This is the fourth of a series of imagined scenarios based on the widely known story of Hertfordshire’s Last Witch Hunt, as seen by five of the individuals involved, It is broadly based on the known facts from published accounts but a number of other assumed facts and conversations have been introduced to add context and make it easier to read. We have also condensed the timescale to bring the early part of the story to life.

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The Half Moon 1914

Brave Women of the Half Moon

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This is the first of a number of articles about managers of the Half Moon Pub at Wilstone. We are still working on a timeline and comprehensive history but, in the meantime, some interesting stories are emerging. This first contribution describes and compares the experiences of two brave and capable women who were left on their own to run the Half Moon during the first and second World Wars.

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Memories of a local boy on February 19th, 1945

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In February 1945 Mike Tomlinson was just seven years old, and lived with his mother (his father was away serving in the RAF) in Astrope Lane, which leads down from the Queens Head pub at the crossroads in Long Marston.

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An Valuable Addition to the TRH Team

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This article is based on an interview with Nick Tyson who has recently joined our website team to increase our capability in the area of House Histories, with his specialist expertise in the area of historic buildings. The interview covers Nick’s unique experience in this topic as the Curator of a Heritage Centre. the challenges involved in this kind of research and the main contributions he can make to our website venture.

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Episode 3; John Tomkins’ Story; 21st and 22nd April 1751

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This is the third of a series of imagined scenarios based on the widely known story of Hertfordshire’s Last Witch Hunt, as seen by five of the individuals involved, It is broadly based on the known facts from published accounts but a number of other assumed facts and conversations have been introduced to add context and make it easier to read. We have also condensed the timescale to bring the early part of the story to life.

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Episode 2; John Butterfield’s Story; mid April 1751

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This is the second of a series (Episode 1) of imagined scenarios based on the widely known story of Hertfordshire’s Last Witch Hunt, as seen by five of the individuals involved, It is broadly based on the known facts from published accounts but a number of other assumed facts and conversations have been introduced to add context and make it easier to read. We have also condensed the timescale to bring the early part of the story to life.

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The last flight of the ‘Beast of Bourbon’

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The story behind the memorial to remember the crew. by Peter Walker

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