Great Missenden in old picture postcards

Great Missenden in old picture postcards

:   Valerie Eaton Griffith / The Friends of Great Missenden Parish Church
:   Buckinghamshire
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-3543-6
:   80
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29 This photograph is of Church Street in the 1950s taken from the church end. On the right with the three gables is the Old House, which is mostly oak-panelled. In a street where usage aften changed from home to shop and back again the Old House has remained a dignified residence. Also on the right is a business called Pargeters. This is an echo of earlier days when Church Street was bustling with trade. On the left is the Swan pub that was soon to close its doors and become a home. Electricity did not come to Church Street until the 195 Os, so many people still took a

candle up to bed. There is a front bedroom almast opposite the Old House where na candle will stay alight. A boy staying with a friend during the war slept in this room and found the

story to be true. He went to bed in darkness. Perhaps all ancient streets have their ghost stories!

30 The road to the right in this postcard is Church Street and the building immediatelyon the left is the George. The George is the oldest coaching inn in the

village and was being built at the same time as the little princes were being murdered in the Tower of London, towards the end of the fifteenth century. It

was once the guest house for Missenden Abbey. Today there is a Thai restaurant open on weekdays which seems an unlikely meeting of East and West,

but the traditional English roast is still served on Sundays.



3 1 At the back of the George and a few years younger than the inn is The George Barn. Here it is in the early 1920s. It is of course timber- framed and has had many uses. One of the most interesting was in the sixteenth century.

At the dissolution of the Monasteries Missenden Abbey was closed and the Courthouse which had been in the Gatehouse (today's Abbey Farmhouse) was transferred to this barn. This seems to be the part of the village concerned with law and order, because about twenty yards acrass the raad is a little square brick building called the Cage. This was a

loek-up for rawdies and earlier perhaps for foorpads and highwaymen as well.

32 This is a picture taken just at the end of the First World War. Wrights the builders had come to Great Missenden at the turn of the century to carry out

the alterations at the parish church. They stayed in the village and did construction and repair work for nearly a hundred years. Their yard was behind The

George Barn and in the First World War munition boxes were made there. Here are some of the men and boys standing proudly in front of their work. In

an area with sa many trees and a long tradition of working with wood this was obviously suitably placed war-work.

33 Scouts and guides have been active in Great Missenden for many years. This photograph was taken in 1945. The procession is wending its way down from Frith Hili to St. Peter and St. Paul for a Thanksgiving service to mark the end of the war. The original Scout hut in Barnes Platt on the west side of the railway was requisitioned during the war and the Scouts met in the old vicarage in Wendover Road. During the 1960s and

1 97 Os the Venture Scout Unit had their headquarters in Mission Hall, which had been used as a Baptist Church Schoolroom.

Later the Roman Catholic

Church of St. Arme's used this little hall and the toilet was converted into a Confessional, much to everyone's amusement. Today the Scouts, Guides and Venture Scouts meet in

their own hut in the grounds of Misbourne School.

34 Roald Dahllived and worked in Great Missenden for many decades and is buried in the parish church yard. Same of his short stories and nearly all his children's books were written here. The present writer remembers making a documentary video for stroke illness in Hollywood with the Dahls in the late 1960s. At one moment Roald was missing from the set, which was a suburb filled with bungalows. He was found strolling around the pleasant streets with a troop of small children in his wake - a modern-day Pied Piper. He loved chocolate. wine, old Rover cars and orchids.

35 This is Gypsy House in Great Missenden in 1956. Roald Dahl wrote in a little hut in the garden. He sat

in a big chair with a board across his knees, a rug, and

four sharp yellow pencils by bis side. There was an orchid house and swimming pool in the garden and his treasured store of wine in the cellar of the

house. He owned a field next door and as each of bis children grew up they would Ieam to drive there, weaving a battered old banger around the trees.

Today the garden is open to the public four times a year and has a small maze for the many children who come.

36 This photograph shows Patricia Neal, her son Theo and daughter Ophelia with Gypsy House in the background. At this time she was married to Roald Dahl. She is an American stage and film actress who won an Oscar for her performance in 'Hud'. The family has known both triumph and disaster. The eldest child Olivia died when she was seven, the little boy in this picture was knocked down bya taxi in NewYork and suffered brain damage,

and Patricia N eal herself was to have a severe stroke soon after this photograph was taken. The stroke robbed her of speech and

mobility. but gallantly she fought for recovery. has acted again and now lives life to the full.

37 This aerial photograph was taken in 1955. Roald Dahl's house is just off the bottom right corner in Whitefield Lane, which leads to Angling Springs Wood. The High Street runs across the middIe of the picture and on either side are the River Misbourne and the railway sidings. Neither river nor sidings are to be seen today: the river runs through a culvert under what is now a sports field and the sidings have become a car park for the railway station. All around is typical Chiltern countrysi de with farmlands, woods and a few houses.

At the top of the photograph is the hamIet of South Heath.

38 There have been woods over the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire for hundreds of years. Beech trees predominate but there are plenty of other broadleaves as weil. High Wycombe has made furniture, particularly chairs, for nearly as long as there have been woods. This picture taken around 192 0 shows a bodger at work. Bodgers made chair legs. They would cut down 'thinnlngs', which were unwanted saplings, cut them into suitable lengths and turn them on simple pole-lathes. There is still a Bodgers Society in South Buckinghamshire today. One day in the 1940s boys

playing in the woods sawa cable running up the trunk of a tree. They were sure there were German spies around and fled to the local policeman, Sergeant Lake, who lived in Twitch-

ell Raad. The Sergeant dashed to the woods on his bike, but found na spies, only a discarded cable!

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