Records of Bucks – Article of the month June 2020

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Fields and Farms in a Hilltop Village.

map of Coleshill 1300

Published in Records of Buckinghamshire Vol 20 in 1977


This month’s article is about the early evolution of Coleshill, a village like Hedgerley (the subject of our April 2020 lecture), or Chalfont St Giles which is of particular interest to me; all of which are villages on the Chiltern downslope. As described in this article these villages do not seem to conform to the general pattern of English village development .

There are a number of reasons I chose this article despite its age. It was an early influence on my local history work and showed what could be achieved by having a base of real substantial research and the essential nature of good references. It can be read at a number of levels. It clearly meets its main aim of describing the way that Coleshill evolved during the mediaeval period towards the village it is today. It can also be mined for potential parallel developments occurring elsewhere and as a source for references that can be explored for applicability to other locations. This is the second article Chenevix-Trench wrote  in Records of Bucks, his first one, also on the subject  of Coleshill, shows its age more than the one I have selected.

Three years after writing the article I am recommending  Chenevix-Trench became the Editor of Records of Bucks, a post he held for seventeen years, during this time he contributed a further 8 articles mainly on the subject of specific timber framed buildings.

He died in 2003 aged 83. He left a bequest to the Society to be used for dendrochronology. His copious research notes are held in the Society’s archive. He deserved to be well remembered. His obituary is in RoB Vol 44. page 179.


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