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Cholesbury & St Leonard's Local History Group

Cholesbury-&-St Leonard's Local History Group is an amateur society founded in the early Sixties to stimulate interest in the Hilltop Villages. A regular feature has been the talks by guest speakers, be they acknowledged experts or enthusiastic amateurs, and the emphasis is naturally on subjects local to the Chilterns.

No one who delves into history comes away without regretting a lack of documentation on some aspect or other. The Group has built up a fairly substantial archive of local documents, maps and photographs but this can never be complete and additions from any source are welcome, however trivial they may seem. Help us to record today what may not exist tomorrow, whether it be a building or a bus service!

You can read the programme for this year's (2013/14) talks here.


Contacting the Local History Group

The Local History Group welcomes enquiries from those interested in the history of the area; the people who once lived here, the buildings, the places and events. We are interested in hearing about any information relating to your family members you are researching and can help with any photographs you might need interpreting. Although we are not a Genealogy Society we will endevour to answer your questions, though we recommend you contact the Buckinghamshire Family History Society who are best placed to deal with family history.

If you would like to contact the Local History Group our email address is localhistorygroup@cholesbury.com


Newsletter

An excellent newsletter is published on a regular basis for members.

Local history newsletter

No. 16: 2012/13 No. 17: 2013/14  
No. 13: 2009/10 No. 14: 2010/11 No. 15: 2011/12
No. 10: 2006/07 No. 11: 2007/08 No. 12: 2008/09
No. 7: 2003/04 No. 8: 2004/05 No. 9: 2005/06
No. 4: 2000/01 No. 5: 2001/02 No. 6: 2002/03
No. 1: 1997/98 No. 2: 1998/99 No. 3: 1999/2k

(These files are in PDF format. For free reader software download Acrobat from Adobe if you don't already have it.)

 

Local History Site Index

This year's Programme of Events

From Danish tax collectors to Chiltern District Council - a history of the parish

An Iron Age Hill fort in our midst - Prehistoric Settlements

Bankruptcy strikes in the Chilterns - Cholesbury and the Poor Laws

Our connection to the New Colonies - The Putnam Family

History of the Pubs in the Parish - it appears that the hilltop villages were very thirsty places in years gone by.

What story can these hedgerows tell about the history of our locality?

"Beating the Bounds" - when walking round in circles makes good sense.

Neither grim nor really a ditch - Grim's Ditch

"Men's Club", as was - Cholesbury Village Hall

The latest information about the Field Names Survey

How a family fled persecution to find a New Haven across the "Pond" - The Baldwins of Connecticut-cum-St Leonards

 

2013 - 2014 programme

Fri 4 October 2013

St Leonards
Parish Hall

THE HOME OF JAMES BOND - THE HISTORY OF PINEWOOD STUDIOS

Mike Payne is former Chairman of Princes Risborough Area Heritage Society. His talk will encompass iconic movies, from Reach For The Sky to the James Bond series.

Fri 1 November

St Leonards
Parish Hall

BURNING TO GET THE VOTE – THE SUFFRAGETTE IN BUCKS

Colin Cartwright is a Baptist minister, local historian and photographer who has just published a book revealing the story of women’s suffrage in Buckinghamshire.

Fri 6 December

St Leonards
Parish Hall

HISTORY OF TRING SILK MILL

Wendy Austin is a LHG member and local historian, who has published extensively on Rothschild memorabilia and the history of Tring and the surrounding area.

Fri 10 January 2014

St Leonards
Parish Hall

ST ALBANS: THE FIRST BATTLE OF THE WARS OF THE ROSES

Harvey Watson is Chairman, London and South-East Regional Branch, Battlefields Trust. An historian and co-author of the definitive book on the Battles of St Albans.

Fri 7 February

St Leonards
Parish Hall

QUAINTON AND THE RAILWAYS

Ted Cooper is former Chairman, Quainton Railway Society, a chartered engineer who has an interesting story to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Railway.

Fri 7 March

St Leonards
Parish Hall

THE BAYEUX TAPESTRY

Bill Willett is a cartographer by profession and an enthusiastic researcher of historic sites. The origin of this over 900

Fri 4 April

Cholesbury
Village Hall

FAILED TO RETURN - AMY JOHNSON AND LESLIE HOWARD

Tony Eaton has a special interest in unravelling the unresolved air mysteries of WW2, particularly where the authorities are still refusing to fully open up their files.

Fri 2 May

 

Cholesbury
Village Hall
7:308 pm sharp

AGM followed by BERKHAMSTED CASTLE

John Walker is steward and guide at Berkhamsted Castle. We welcome John back having entertained us two years ago with his talk and outing to Boarstall Tower.

All meetings at 8:00 pm for 8:15pm
(except AGM 7:30 pm sharp)

Adult Membership: £10.00 per year
Junior Membership (below school minimum leaving age): Free
Visitors welcome: £4.00 per meeting

Please contact Chris Brown 01494 758890 for further information


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