Flackwell Local Area History Group

This local history group for residents of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and Wooburn, in Buckinghamshire, aims to promote an interest in our history and to foster a sense of community.

Our objectives are:

  • To conduct research into aspects of the history and life in the communities of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and Wooburn
  • To hold exhibitions on subjects of historical and topical interest
  • To conduct community projects on the history of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater, Wooburn and their environs and related subjects of local and community interest
  • To liaise with schools and other local interest groups to provide information on the history of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater, Wooburn and area
  • To support Flackwell Heath Community Library in preserving records and sources of information on the history of the locality
  • To organise talks, seminars and workshops on local history.
  • Happy New Year

    Happy New Year to all followers and enthusiasts of the local history of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater, Wooburn and hamlets in between.

    We have another busy year ahead of us and our New Year programme of activities can be seen below. Talks for May and June are already in the pipeline and will be advertised on our website nearer the time.

    New Year programme for spring 2017

    Monday January 16th 7.30pm, at BOURNE END Library
    A History of Wooburn Town and St Paul’s Church
    Conservation architect Tony Mealing oversaw the recent restoration at St Paul’s and will talk about the history of the church and the surrounding area of Wooburn Town.

    This is a ticketed event and very few tickets are left! Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Flackwell Heath Community Library or Bourne End Library: £5 each (£3 for Friends of Flackwell Heath Library).


    Monday February 13th November from 7.15pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Fact Finding Forum
    Come along to our research-gathering evening where we encourage you to bring along your photos and memories of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and Wooburn Green. An opportunity to reminisce over a cup of tea or coffee, and a chance to look at old maps and other reference material. Your photos can be copied and scanned whilst you wait and copies will be kept, with your permission, for future use in our village archives. This evening's research will be investigating chalk, sand and gravel pits, caves, sink holes and man-made structures. Drop in at any time between 7.15 and 8.45. The evening finishes at 9pm.

    Free entry.


    Monday February 20th 7.30pm, at Flackwell Heath Community Library
    History of Local Railways
    John Gurney returns to deliver his popular talk about our local railways. The presentation will include many pictures of the old Maidenhead to Wycombe branch line, the Marlow branch line and their steam locomotives of yesteryear. It will also cover the introduction of the main line railway to the area, an illustrated overview of the construction of the main line through Wycombe and other more personal stories. If time allows there will also be a short optional feature on the Whitehouse Tunnel Disaster.

    This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Flackwell Heath Community Library: £5 each (£3 for Friends of Flackwell Heath Library).


    Monday March 20th 7.30pm, at Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Warfare Takes to the Air
    John Gurney and Mike Dewey will trace the early history of air warfare up to WWII. They will consider how balloons, airships and finally aircraft came to be used in warfare, and the important part that the Wycombe area played in both world wars.

    This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Flackwell Heath Community Library: £5 each (£3 for Friends of Flackwell Heath Library).


    Monday April 10th 7.30pm, at Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Buckinghamshire Spies and Subversives
    Bucks author DJ Kelly (Denise Beddows) takes us on a journey from religious martyrs and gunpowder plotters to Cold War traitors and the ideological domestic terrorists of modern times – this county has seen it all.

    This is a ticketed event. Tickets must be purchased in advance from the Flackwell Heath Community Library: £5 each (£3 for Friends of Flackwell Heath Library).


    Family History Research – with Jan Fanning

    Would you like to find out about where you come from? Would you like to know who your grandparents or great-grandparents were, and where they came from?
    If you would like to discover more about your family using the internet but are unsure how to start, then why not try a session of Family History research with Jan Fanning at Flackwell Heath Library? The sessions cost £2.00 for 50 minutes plus the cost of any photocopying.
    Please contact Jan to arrange a session at the library on 01628 527506, or by email janfanning@gmail.com.



    If you would like to share information in advance on the topics contained in any of our talks we would love to hear from you.
    click here to contact us.

    (For all enquiries please contact the Flackwell Heath Community Library, Chapel Road, Flackwell Heath)


    The group in action:
    Talks, exhibitions and displays at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    (Remember to look at our display cabinet in the library foyer as the display inside changes periodically)



    Costumed cemetery tour for the centenary of WW1 at Little Marlow Cemetery



    Previous events
    2016
    A History of Wooburn Town and St Paul's Church
    Wycombe Man, Carving a Niche in the World
    Frackle People and Places - from olden times to the 1950s - twice
    Volunteers from Flackwell Local Area History Group acted as guides for WW1 Wycombe Cemetery pageant
    Volunteers from Flackwell Local Area History Group acted as models for A Dress to Die For at Wycombe Arts Festival
    Over a Hundred Years of Local Railway History
    History of Chairmaking in Wycombe
    The Villages in the Great War part 1 - Flackwell Heath

    2015
    History of Chairmaking in Wycombe
    Stained glass making at Burleighfield
    The Local Machine Riots of 1830/31 - Rioters families
    Early Schooling in Flackwell & Loudwater - twice
    Over a Hundred Years of Local Railway History - thrice and always a sell out!

    2014
    Women on the Home Front
    Glory Mill - Walk and Talk
    The History of paper-making talk
    Our World at War - Little Marlow Cemetery tour
    To Boldly Glow - History of glow worms in the area
    Assistance at Tell Them of Us, WW1 Cemetery Tour, High Wycombe
    Glory Mill - Walk and Talk
    Our Villages in the Great War
    Then and Now - Fennels Wood a changing story - twice

    2013
    Fund raising Quiz Night
    The history of Windsor Chairs
    A virtual tour of the surrounding area - SWOP
    Open evening - house histories and Glory Mill
    The Times of their Lives - Little Marlow Cemetery tour
    Lace Making presentation
    Walk for National Mills Weekend
    Silt Road - the Wye
    Farming in Flackwell Heath
    Our research on the Machine Riots

    2012
    The Machine Riots of 1830
    Open evening - sharing the past
    Jubilee Exhibition
    Community Library Opening - History Display


    To contact the group, please click here

    To find out more about our activities please use the links below:

    For a visual history of our villages go to Flackwell folk: www.galaxypix.com/Sally/Flackwellfolk/
    Loudwater lea: www.galaxypix.com/Sally/Loudwaterlea/

    Your memories of village life are always much appreciated and these will appear under the learn more buttons on our Flackwell folk and Loudwater lea websites:click here to contact us.

    For 'Then and Now' images of the area click here

    Listen out for:

    Lest We Forget
    Continuing our 'Men on the Memorials' project the bell at Christchurch, Flackwell Heath, will be rung at 11am on the following days to honour the centenary of each of the following deaths:

    William Rogers 1-Mar-1917
    Reuben Smith 4-Apr-1917
    James Payne 19-Apr-1917
    Archibald Pepper 19-Apr-1917
    Owen Rogers 19-Apr-1917
    Joseph Summerfield 19-Apr-1917
    More names will be added after Easter.

    St Peter's Church, Loudwater will also ring their bell to commemorate the centenary of the death of each man named on the Loudwater War Memorial (please contact St Peter's Church in advance to confirm the time). The bell will toll to honour:

    Willie Reeves 10-Mar-1917
    Arthur Chilton 24-Mar-1917
    More names will be added after Easter.

    The men on the Wooburn Memorial who died one hundred years ago are:

    Harold Yates 1-Jan-1917
    Thomas Dean 23-Jan-1917
    Alfred Hopgood 17-Feb-1917
    Walter Craft 27-Feb-1917
    Henry Eccles 28-Feb-1917
    Albert Williams 7-Mar-1917
    Oliver Wise 10-Mar-1917
    Charles Davey 16-Mar-1917
    Percival Cooke 17-Mar-1917
    Walter Platt 7-Apr-1917
    William Crockett 19-Apr-1917
    James Smith 19-Apr-1917
    John White 19-Apr-1917
    Archie Pepper 19-Apr-1917
    Edward Plumridge 19-Apr-1917
    Arthur Pratt 19-Apr-1917
    More names will be added after Easter.

    Our Research Projects

    Members of the Local History Group have wide ranging interests, from transport to houses, and places to people. To find out more about our research projects please click below:
    Our research projects



    Local War Memorials
    The Local History Group has now published its research into the soldiers who are named on the Flackwell Heath War Memorial. In 2016 five new WW1 names were added to the memorial thanks to this research.
    Our research into the Loudwater names is still continuing and will be published in due course. Our research on both these war memorials can also be found on this website tinyurl.com/warmemorials which is still a work in progress as more information becomes available.

    We are now embarking on World War Two research and hope that families are still living in the villages with memories of the WW2 men named on the memorials. And any stories of life in our villages during this time will be warmly welcomed.

    Do click here if you have anything to offer this project.



    The Group also took part in the 'Tell Them of Us - Wycombe and the Somme' cemetery pageant at Wycombe Cemetery in 2016. A website providing self guided WW1 trails of the war graves and memorials in Wycombe Cemetery can be found here: www.galaxypix.com/Sally/Losttheplot/Tellthemofus/index.html
    (Some of our local men are buried in Wycombe Cemetery.)



    The Group's research into what happened to the Swing Rioters of 1830 who were transported to Tasmania, and the stories of the families they left behind, has now been completed. The reports will be available in the library in the next couple of months.



    Remember to pick up a Walks Guide Sheet this winter
    The Local History Group wish to encourage you to get out and discover some local views and the history under our feet. Jane Dunsterville has devised three circular walks in and around Flackwell Heath that are available from the Library. Pick up your Guide Sheet and discover an old trade route, the road that is named after a local merchant and the Old Wharf at Little Marlow.
    Walks are entitled:
    Fennels Wood
    Down on the Farm
    Golf links Loop



    Jane has also created a Mills Walk (which can be done in stages) and which takes you on a journey into the past and our papermaking heritage. Maps for this walk are available from the Library.



    For further information about any of our events and activities please call into the library, or contact Mike Dewey on 01628 525207 or email deweymiked@aol.com

    Site last updated 12th January 2017

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