Wednesday 17 July 2024

Monday 15 July 2024

Buckinghamshire Places (13) : Saunderton

The village of Saunderton is near to Princes Risborough, though also occupies an area a few miles away where Saunderton railway station is located. The village was listed in the Domesday Book as Santesdune which may mean the name is derived from the Old English for Saint's Hill. The oldest settlements in the area date from the Iron Age such as on Lodge Hill. Traces of a Roman villa have also been discovered near to the parish church.

The oldest building in the village is the parish church which dates from 1227. The church was dedicated to St Mary with a second parish church dedicated to St Nicholas. The other church fell into decay and was demolished in 1452, St Mary's was rededicated to St Mary and St Nicholas.

A workhouse was established in Saunderton in the 18th century, this became the main workhouse for the Union of High Wycombe in Victorian times.

Saunderton railway station was opened in 1901. It was opened over two miles away from the centre of the village, housing has now been built around the station. The station's main building was burned down by the Suffragettes in 1913.

Saturday 13 July 2024

Deblogification begins

After a number of years of heavy duty blogging on a number of blogs, including this one of course, i have decided to cut back my blogging activity dramatically. Indeed, i plan to only keep updating this one in the long-term. I am going to replace the other blogs with sections of my new web site, starting with the Calling At stations blog which had it's last update this week. Going forward, new stations and updates will only appear on my Railway stations website.

There are a number of reasons for this process of deblogification (is that a word?) Blogger only really changes for the worst, making things harder or more tedious to do. I also do not have as much control over the blog, even with a lot of CSS customisation, as i do over my own website. Plus, i want to try and keep my web design skills relevant and fresh as i do not do this much at work anymore.

So, by about the end of next year the deblogification process should be completed. Until then updates will continue on the blogs though the website is where the real action is.

Friday 12 July 2024

Church update : St John the Baptist, Henley-in-Arden

The church of St John the Baptist is on the Henley-in-Arden high street next to the Guild Hall. On a recent visit to the town i was delighted to discover that the church was open and so was able to look inside. It in fine condition inside, just liike the outside really.