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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 (2014/15) 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

 

2014 - 2015 programme

Fri 3 October 2014

St Leonards
Parish Hall

LIFE AND DEATH IN A ROMAN VILLA

Dr Jill Eyers is an author, geologist, archaeologist and Director of Chiltern Archaeology.

Fri 7 November

St Leonards
Parish Hall

THE LIFE AND LOVES OF WALTER ROTHSCHILD

Wendy Austin is a LHG member and local historian, and has published extensively on Rothschild memorabilia.

Fri 5 December

St Leonards
Parish Hall

WOODEN BOAT BUILDING IN TRING

Jeremy Bates builds canal and river boats, and has a particular interest in historic boats of the past.

Fri 9 January 2015

St Leonards
Parish Hall

BLUE STOCKINGS

Jane Robinson is a social historian, specialising in the study of women pioneers in various fields.

Fri 6 February

St Leonards
Parish Hall

ZEPPELIN RAIDS OF WORLD WAR 1

Harvey Watson is Chairman, London and South-East Regional Branch, Battlefields Trust, and co-author of several books.

Fri 6 March

Cholesbury
Village Hall

THE CHANGING FACE OF FARMING IN THE CHILTERNS

Alison Doggett is co-author of 'The Chilterns' and an expert on the landscape history of this important region.

Fri 3 April

Cholesbury
Village Hall

INFANTRY TRAINING AT HALTON IN WORLD WAR 1

Francis Hanford is Curator of the Trenchard Museum, RAF Halton and the new Flight Heritage Centre.

Fri 8 May

 

Cholesbury
Village Hall
7:308 pm sharp

AGM
followed by a talk on COACHING INNS

Julian Hunt is an expert lecturer and prolific writer on all things historic in Buckinghamshire

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 always welcome: £4.00 per meeting

Coffee, tea and biscuits are served after the talks

Please contact Chris Brown 01494 758890 for further information


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