Theme: Village News

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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Marston Gate Station

Wagon train for Marston Gate

I was discussing various tales I had heard about the old railway line from Cheddington to Aylesbury. “Well,” says Margaret Stearn of Boarscroft Farm, “you know that Karen is related to the last Station Master!”

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The parish magazine in 1947

Village News is now in its tenth year as a ‘free to every home’ village magazine, but its origins go back much further than that. Readers have mentioned that various forms of parish magazine have circulated in our villages since the 19th century, and from these Village News is a direct descendent.

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