Timeline of the History of Tring and District Villages
WORLD WARS AND MODERN BRITAIN (1914-2021)
What happened in this country
Post war economic impact
Development of Welfare State
Demographic change; population growth, longer lives
Increased individual wealth and wellbeing
More, newer housing, with greater use of technology
Greater ease and speed of travel, both national and international
Increase in leisure time and activities
Growth in instant communication; telephone, internet, social media
Expansion of further education and university access
Modernisation of farming
Increased urbanisation and commuting
Dissolution of empires
Cold and regional wars
What Happened in our villages?
Jeffries Wharf at Wilstone, supply port for coal to the area, closed due to pilferage
Airfield & Parish Room
Long Marston airfield used as aerodrome for flights in first World War but ceased activities thereafter.
Building given to the village of Puttenham by Joseph Williams of Pendley Manor, to be used as a ‘Parish Room’. (This prefabricated building had to be transported from Tring in a horse drawn dung cart by two local farmers)
Puttenham becomes a ‘Thankful Village’ – the only one in Hertfordshire - as all 15 residents (out of population of 71) return safely from WW1.
Memorial Cross to celebrate soldiers in WW1 unveiled on Wilstone Village Green
Formation of Long Marston and Puttenham Horticultural Society
Electricity first installed in Wilstone.
First jumble sale takes place in Puttenham Parish Room
The Long Marston Recreation Ground is bought from the Rothschilds for £30, the money raised from local residents after the Parish Council declined the offer.
Launch of first Long Marston village show, then titled ‘Long Marston and Puttenham Flower and Vegetable Show’
Parish Paper (predecessor of Village News) ceases publication due to outbreak of war
Evacuees swell the populations of all villages and schools.
Long Marston Village Show Committee resolve to continue shows during the war.
Bomb drops on Long Marston School; Infant School Mistress and two evacuees killed outright
Long Marston airfield converted for use by RAF, later transferred to US Air Force
German Doodlebug drops in field close to Long Marston
Three US airmen die in take-off crash from airfield in Long Marston
Foundation of Wilstone Horticultural and Allotment Societies
Flooding in villages due to severe winter.
Parish Paper resumes publication as a single duplicated sheet costing sixpence.
The first Wilstone Village Show
Tornado in Long Marston, trees uprooted and roofs taken off
New school opened in Long Marston.
Puttenham Parish Room closed.
Long Marston Airfield closed.
Marston Gate Railway Station (on road to Wingrave) closed for passengers, replaced by bus service (closed for freight ten years later).
Chestnut tree planted on Wilstone Village Green to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth 2nd,
Donald Sinden is the first celebrity to open the Annual Show in Wilstone (later celebrities included Wilfred Brambell (Steptoe), Neil McCallum and Norman Rossington).
Formation of of Long Marston and Puttenham WI
Wilstone School taken over by Hertfordshire County Council.
Victory Hall Long Marston completed and formally opened, after ten years of fund raising.
Outrage in the Parish Paper at the installation of a new telephone box in Wilstone.
Go-Kart track set up on Long Marston Airfield for public races.
The old slaughter house in Long Marston closed down; butchers business transferred from Rose and Crown to Cheddington Lane.
Long Marston Tennis Club formed.
Long Marston Cricket Club
Long Marston Cricket Club moves to current Marlins ground
Long Marston FC
Long Marston FC win the Herts Junior Cup
Great Train Robbery
Great Train Robbery; train is guarded afterwards at Marston Gate Railway Station
Puttenham becomes part of Tring Rural District.
Go-Kart racing on Long Marston Airfield ceases after complaints under Noise Abatement Act.
Glasser’s Mill starts production in Wilstone.
Long Marston Cricket Pavilion built, officially opened the following year.
Wilstone Parish Room closed and sold, proceeds towards new Village Hall.
Major improvements to Puttenham Church begin after extensive fund raising campaign
Puttenham Parish Room reopened after renovation work.
Wilstone School Closed
Wilstone School closed, service of thanksgiving held in St Cross.
Opening ceremony performed by James Allison, MP, for new Wilstone village hall.
Long Marston Rectory sold and demolished to allow the building of Church View; new Rectory built on Watery Lane.
Wilstone Sunday School
Disbandment of Wilstone Allotment Society.
Wilstone Sunday School closes after 163 years.
Long Marston is used as a setting for TV series Clayhanger.
Severe flooding in Long Marston on at least four occasions, cause unknown.
Long Marston Tennis Club moves to present site (previously used a single court on the recreation ground).
Wilstone becomes a church parish in its own right.
The Baptist Chapel in Wilstone is closed.
Tennis Club Clubhouse built.
Wilstone Horticultural Society
Disbandment of Wilstone Horticultural Society.
First pantomime performed in Victory Hall, Long Marston
The Queens Head launches the ‘Curry Club’.
Cecilia Hall in Puttenham is opened, funded by the generosity of Margaret Cecilia Vincent who bequeathed the proceeds of her house in Chapel Lane for this purpose
Tennis Clubhouse burned down
Long Marston Tennis Clubhouse burned down
Wilstone Village Shop
Following closure in 1980s, Wilstone Village Shop is purchased by Michael Armson as antiques business, begins successful trial as Grocery and Post Office
Tennis & Cricket
Long Marston Tennis Club’s new Clubhouse opened.
Long Marston Cricket Club hosts first Minor Counties match.
Curry Club of the year
The Queens Head wins the ‘Curry Club of the year’ award. Photo from Simon Sturt
Millhoppers site, off Watery Lane, acquired by local residents, later transferred to the Butterfly Conservation Association
Tower Conservation Group
The Tower Conservation Group come together and begin their plan to restore the old church tower in Chapel Lane, Long Marston.
Glasser’s Mill ceases production in Wilstone.
Band of Brothers
Long Marston and Puttenham Horticultural Society celebrate the Millenium by producing an historic map of Long Marston and a photo record of the village and its residents.
The American TV series Band of Brothers is filmed in the fields between Watery Lane and the canal.
Puttenham Parish Room renovated by local volunteers after falling into a dilapidated state.
Severe flooding on New Year’s Day, Long Marston main village street under water, Queens Head has to be bailed out.
Parish Paper becomes Village News in its current form; from 2004 it is in colour and given free to each resident because of support from the LM Horticultural Society.
Announcement of closure of Long Marston Shop and Post Office