Theme: Village News

Village People

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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Remembrance this year

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 History of the Wilstone Farm Shop

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?

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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Donated by Elaine Smith

Summer of 1940 in Long Marston

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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Half century at Marlins

23rd January 2011 saw a significant milestone in the history of Long Marston Cricket Club. It was on this day in 1961 that the trust deeds for the ground were signed by four members of the club, securing the transfer of Marlins field to LMCC.

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Ben Reeves officially opening the bridge Picture: John Painter

New bridge restores village link

A rural parish is not likely to host very many bridge openings in its history, so it was appropriate that a ceremony was organised to inaugurate the splendid new footbridge over the Aylesbury Arm of the canal at Wilstone.

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Pumping station revival at Little Tring

The pumping station at Little Tring is a substantial building, much altered over the years since it opened in 1817. British Waterways have plans to refurbish the historic Tringford pumping station at Little Tring, and make it a base for their local operations crew.

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The Home Guard at Long Marston

During the war the older lads of the village were used as runners – taking messages between Puttenham church tower, where there was a lookout point, and the Queen’s Head which, so my husband told me, was the command post.

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The Old Slaughter-House, Long Marston

During the 1800’s, the Gregory family lived at The Rose & Crown Inn in Long Marston (now The Rose and Crown Cottage), and the far left-hand end of the building was used as a butcher’s shop, with the old wooden garages (as they are today) being used as the slaughter house.

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The Aylesbury Arm from the Gudgeon stream lock

Canal memories (continued)

In the June 2009 issue of Village News I related some condensed extracts from the memoirs of Edward Bell, a Tring man and engineer who worked for 49 years on the local stretch of the Grand Junction Canal.

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The Rothschild staff awaiting the King at the reservoir

Canal Memories

A request in the April 2009 Village News from Professor Timothy Peters regarding information on the Wendover Arm and the Woodhouse family, caused me to look through some old articles about the Grand Junction Canal.

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Tring c 1900

Tales of my Grandfather

Last Autumn Teresa and I attended a fund raising talk showing recently discovered photographs. Tring’s local history exhibition was the target. A local politician was the speaker. The photographs were wonderful, but the jokey, sarcastic remarks about Tring families got very irritating. In fact I had to have a word.

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