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 and Loudwater
  • To hold exhibitions on subjects of historical and topical interest
  • To conduct community projects on the history of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater 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 and area
  • To support Flackwell Heath and Loudwater Community Library in preserving records and sources of information on the history of the locality
  • To organise talks, seminars and workshops on local history.
  • Autumn Events 2016

    The 'Trace your family history on the computer' help sessions are held once a month at Flackwell Heath Community Library on a Thursday afternoon or on a Tuesday by special arrangement. Please book your session at the library. They cost £2.00 for 50 minutes plus the cost of any photocopying. A full list of dates and times are on display at the library.
    (For all enquiries please contact the Flackwell Heath Community Library, Chapel Road, Flackwell Heath)





    Monday 14th 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 public buildings. Drop in at any time between 7.15 and 8.45. The evening finishes at 9pm.

    Free entry.

    Monday 21st November at 7.30pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library: A history of Wooburn Town and St Paul's Church

    Conservation architect Tony Mealing oversaw the recent restoration at St Paulís and will talk about the history of the church and the surrounding area of Wooburn Town.

    This is a ticketed event, tickets are on sale at the Library £5 each (£3 for Friends of FHCL)

    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.
    We are particularly interested in hearing from any descendants of the men on the war memorial and also from local retired chair makers who have stories of their experiences working in this once large and familiar industry: click here to contact us.

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

    Previous events
    2016
    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


    The group in action:
    Costumed cemetery tour for the centenary of WW1 at Little Marlow Cemetery



    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/
    Both these sites are still developing and need your memories and stories to add under the Learn More buttons.

    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 Redding, Wednesday 8th June 2016
    Ernest Brooks, Friday 1st July 2016
    Edgar Lewis, Tuesday 19th July 2016
    Harry Wilks, Tuesday 19th July 2016
    William Why, Saturday 30th July 2016
    Alfred Goodacre, Tuesday 9th August 2016


    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:
    William Watkins, Friday 1st July 2016
    Frederick Climpson, Tuesday 7th July 2016
    George Morse, Friday 5th August 2016
    Edward Gibson, Sunday 2nd October 2016


    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. Their research into the Loudwater names is still continuing and will be published in due course. Our up-to-the-minute 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 these men. Do click here if you have anything to offer this project.



    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.









    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)

    Site last updated 11th November 2016

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