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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 (2016/17) 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. 19: 2015/16    
No. 16: 2012/13 No. 17: 2013/14 No. 18: 2014/15
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

The extraordinary case of Reverend William Day

Mr Gilbert, I presume!

A Cholesbury hero at the Battle of Trafalgar

 

2016 - 2017 programme

Fri 7 October 2016

St Leonards
Parish Hall

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE BREWERIES

Julian Hunt established the Centre for Bucks Studies and was in charge of the County Museum. An author and expert on all things historic in Bucks.

Fri 4 November

St Leonards
Parish Hall

THE OXON & BUCKS LIGHT INFANTRY ON THE SOMME 1916

Stephen Barker is a Heritage Advisor currently working for Oxfordshire Museum designing exhibitions including several on the First World War.

Fri 2 December

St Leonards
Parish Hall

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE ASTRONOMERS

Dr Mike Leggett is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and his lectures range from astronomical history to the future of space exploration.

Fri 6 January 2017

St Leonards
Parish Hall

THE IMPACT OF THE GRAND JUNCTION CANAL IN WEST HERTS

Damian Hiscock has been boating on canals since the 1980s, developing an interest in their history leading to the research he will present in his talk.

Fri 3 February

St Leonards
Parish Hall

GARDEN CITIES AND OTHER UTOPIAS

Kate Harwood taught garden history at London and Cambridge University and is research co-ordinator of the Capability Brown Tercentenary Festival.

Fri 3 March

St Leonards
Parish Hall

STANLEY SPENCER AND COOKHAM

Ann Danks archivist of the Stanley Spencer Gallery and an authority on the life and works of one of the 20th century’s most important British painters.

Fri 7 April

St Leonards
Parish Hall

WEATHER LORE - FACT OR FICTION

Ian Currie is a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society who lectures and writes books about the weather, and regularly appears on television.

Fri 12 May

 

Cholesbury
Village Hall
7:30 pm sharp

AGM plus
THE STORY OF ASHRIDGE HOUSE

Wendy Austin, LHG member, and local historian has published extensively on the history of Tring and its surrounding area.

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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