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.
  • Programme for January - March 2018

    Now almost into our seventh year the Flackwell Local Area History Group has plans for yet another full year of research activities, talks and events. We hope our latest programme provides enough variety to suit all your interests but do let us know if there is something that you would particularly like us to cover later in the year.

    Monday 22nd January 2018, at 7.30 pm at Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Lesser Known Grand Houses in Bucks

    Mike Dewey will describe the history of four local grand houses which are not normally open to the public.
    This is a ticketed event. The tickets are now available at the library and are £5 (£3 to friends of FHCL). Please note that tickets will not be available on the night.

    Monday 12th February 2018, from 7.15 pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Fact Finding Forum. Free Entry.

    Come along and join us for a chat and a cuppa and share your memories of living in the local villages. Do bring along any photos of interest which we can copy for our archives. We will also be showing some cine film clips that were taken around the surrounding area. FREE entry.

    If you live in a pre 1920s house and know about its history we would love to hear from you – see our appeal corner below.

    Monday 19th February, at 7.30 pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Literary Luminaries of Buckinghamshire and their Secrets

    Local author Denise Beddows reveals some lesser known and often mildly scandalous facts about some of our famous local writers. Perhaps more than any county outside Greater London, Buckinghamshire has been home to a surprising number of gifted and successful writers throughout the ages.
    This is a ticketed event. The tickets are now available at the Flackwell Heath Community Library and are £5 (£3 to friends of FHCL). Please note that tickets will not be available on the night.

    Monday 19th March 2018, at 7.30pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    High Wycombe’s Contribution to Aviation

    Dave Scott will provide an enlightening tale about events before the Great War, the manufacture of aeroplane parts by the local furniture factories in WW1, events between the wars, such as Sir Alan Cobham's Flying Circus, Amy Johnson (who lived locally), and the Bourne End Flying Field. The talk will conclude with the major manufacture of aeroplane parts in the town`s furniture factories in WW2, especially the de Havilland Mosquito.
    This is a ticketed event. The tickets will be available at the Flackwell Heath Community Library in February and are £5 (£3 to friends of FHCL). Please note that tickets will not be available on the night.

    Book a Family History Research session
    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. To arrange a research session at the library please contact Gill Kyle on 01494 436314 or by email donkyle@btinternet.com. The sessions cost £2.00 for 50 minutes plus the cost of any photocopying.

    Appeal Corner
    Do you live in a pre-1920s house?
    To help with our research into the lives of the men named on our war memorials, we have the names of their homes but names of houses often change when sold so the original is lost over time.
    Can you help by telling us the name of your house between 1910-1920? If you can, please e-mail pattrotter@talktalk.net or phone 01628 524332.

    Facebook
    Flackwell Local Area History Group has its own page on Facebook where you can view and comment on old pictures and interesting information about our villages. If you are a Facebook user and would like to join the page there is a direct link at the top of this page or go to https://www.facebook.com/FlackwellLocalAreaHistoryGroup/ and 'like' the page.



    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
    2017
    Hospital Train 314
    Lost Pubs in Our Villages
    Woodturning by KraftinWood
    ‘Frackle’ – what happened: Who built what, where, when and why?
    Loudwater in the Great War
    Buckinghamshire Spies and Subversives
    Warfare takes to the Air
    A History of Local Railways
    A History of Wooburn Town and St Paul's Church

    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


    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

    Lest We Forget



    The Flackwell Local Area History Group, in conjunction with local community groups, is already preparing for the 2018 centenary commemorations of the Armistice at the end of fighting in the First World War. So watch this space for further details.

    Continuing our 'Men on the Memorials' project we commemorate the loss, one hundred years ago, of the following men:

    From the parish of Loudwater we honour:
    Frank Reeves who died on 7th January 1918

    From the parish of Wooburn we also honour:
    John West who died on 30-Nov-1917
    Arthur Ludgate who died on 1-Dec-1917
    Henry Hare who died on 20-Feb-1918
    Alfred Collins who died on 21-Mar-1918
    Harry Morris who died on 25-Mar-1918

    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 Flackwell Local Area History Group has now completed its research into the WW1 soldiers who are named on the Flackwell Heath War Memorial. A folder of this research is available in Flackwell Heath Community Library. In 2016 five new WW1 names were added to the memorial thanks to this research.

    Our research into the Loudwater WW1 names is also complete and a folder of this research is also available in the Library. Information on both these war memorial projects can also be found on this website tinyurl.com/warmemorials but this is still a work in progress as more information becomes available.

    The WW1 names on the Wycombe Marsh war memorial have also been researched during 2017 by member Ruth Bowler and this was presented to the people of Wycombe Marsh in October 2017.

    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. Also, 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 research is now available in the library.



    Remember to pick up a Walks Guide Sheet
    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 11th January 2018

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