Bucks Local History Network Conference

Buckinghamshire Local History Network 2019

ANNUAL CONFERENCE AND FAIR

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE SOCIAL HOUSING
– FROM ALMSHOUSES TO RIGHT-TO-BUY

A one-day conference on the changing face of housing for the people: cottages on manorial estates, the 18th-century workhouse that provided work, the 19th-century workhouse that enforced it, ‘Homes fit for Heroes’ that launched council-provided housing after the First World War, then the New Towns and Milton Keynes after the Second, and its dismantling through Right-to-Buy.

PLUS displays and bookstalls by the county’s local history and archaeology societies.

Saturday 5 October 2019

at The Oculus, the Aylesbury Vale District Council conference centre in Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury

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RECORDS OF BUCKS 2019 EDITION now available.

Records of Bucks Vol 59

Records of Bucks (volume 59) includes articles on newly-discovered Romanesque wall painting at St Mary’s Church, Old Linslade, the effects of the Wars of the Roses on Chesham, and Marlow’s medieval manor hall.

For full list of contents and ordering.

Price to non-members: £15.00, plus £3.50 for post and packing. Members receive Records volume 59 free – so why not JOIN THE SOCIETY?

New President for the Society

At the Society’s AGM held on 11th May 2019 Julian Hunt (left) was elected as President of the Bucks Archaeological Society, taking over from Dr Richard Gem (right) who retired after serving as President since 2008. The members thanked Richard for his service to the Society and to the heritage of Buckinghamshire and his wise advice  to Council during his Presidency.

Old Canal swingbridge foundations

Swing Bridge abutment

narrow path into the bank

Earlier today members of the BAS Active Archaeology Group visited the south abutment of the old swing bridge  at White Houses on the Wendover arm canal.  The bridge has been missing for over a hundred years and the only image does not give much clue as to its physical dimensions.   Our excavation today attempted to find the platform on which the bridge would swing.  We did not find a platform but a narrow brick path leading into the bank.  We will discuss with the Wendover Arm trust what to do next.

Geophysical survey at Boveney Church

On Sunday, 27 January 2019, members of the BAS Active Archaeology Group assisted Kris Lockyear and his team from the Community Archaeology Geophysics Group in a survey of the church yard of St Mary Magdalene at Boveney near Eton. The church dates back to the 14th-century and is the care of the Friends of Friendless Churches. There is debate about whether its churchyard was or was not used for burials and they asked whether a geophysical survey could resolve this.  We will update this post when the survey results are published.

BAS lecture on Saturday, 9 March, at 2.30pm in the Bucks County Museum

The next BAS lecture will be on Saturday, 9 March, at 2.30pm in the Bucks County Museum HP20 2QP, when Gareth Chaffey of Wessex Archaeology will be speaking on:

Extracting the Past: early settlement and monuments in the Middle Thames Valley.

This talk will focus on the Wessex Archaeology excavations at three quarries, namely Kingsmead Quarry, Langley and Riding Court Farm and the extraordinary early prehistoric archaeology  from each site including Neolithic houses and a causewayed enclosure.

 

Everyone is welcome to attend the lecture, which is free to members and non-members of the Society.

Wingrave with Rowsham Heritage Association next talk Friday 22 February

Wingrave with Rowsham Heritage Association is pleased to present an illustrated talk on Aspects of the history of local canals, namely the Wendover Arm and Grand Union Canal on Friday 22nd February at 7.30pm in Wingrave Community Centre.

ALL ARE WELCOME! Entrance is free to members of the Association, but there is a fee of £4 for visitors. The Bar will be open.

Our Speaker is Doug Stuckey, the Secretary of the Bucks Archaeological Society and a member of the Society’s Active Archaeological Group.
Recent projects by the Group have included excavation and survey surveys of the former Whitehouses Pumping Station on the Wendover Arm and the former steam-generating boiler house at the Three Locks on the Grand Union Canal. Doug’s talk is a must for anyone interested in industrial archaeology, but it is also highly recommended to those who enjoy walking local towpaths or navigating the canals.

How Woughton kept its Green – Talk 9th Febuary

The next BAS lecture – open to all and at no charge – will be on Saturday 9th at 2.30pm in the Bucks County Museum HP20 2QP. Julian Hunt will now talk on How Woughton kept its Green:  the story of the ancient village green at Woughton on the Green which survived Parliamentary enclosure, the construction of the Grand Junction Canal and the creation of the New City of Milton Keynes. This talk is a prelude to a proposed BAS summer visit to Woughton when we will inspect the house platforms, sunken lanes and ridge and furrow in and around the Green as well as visiting the church and the remaining timber-framed farmhouses.

Bucks Archaeological Society Library team, County Museum, Church Street Aylesbury HP20 2QP, Tel. 01296 397200

Email: bucksas@buckscountymuseum.org Website: www.bucksas.org.uk

The Library is open to researchers each Wednesday 10am – 4pm. Do drop in but it would be helpful if you could make an appointment so that we can prepare for your visit. Please ring (Wednesdays or voicemail other days) or email to make an appointment.

Artist gardeners between the Wars – 19th January

Our next lecture – open to all and at no charge – will be on Saturday 19th January at 2.30pm in the Bucks County Museum HP20 2QP. Sarah Gray will talk on Artist gardeners between the Wars: Clare Leighton and John Nash in Bucks. Not just art and gardens but also the pressures on landscape in the 1920s and 1930s from motor traffic and both suburban and rural housing developments. Both artists were part of an early and successful campaign to preserve the view of Whiteleaf Cross from being blocked by commercial housing.