Monday 22 July 2024

Buckinghamshire Places (14) : Woburn Sands

The town of Woburn Sands is near Milton Keynes and is also on the county's border with Bedfordshire. The name is derived from nearby Woburn in Bedfordshire and local sandy soil in the area. This name is a fairly recent change though as the original name of the village was Hogsty End but by Victorian times the name was considered inappropriate!

Settlement has been in the area since the Iron Age at least, remains of a fort from about 500BC having been found nearby. The settlement grew very slowly, and was not mentioned in the Domesday Book. For most of Woburn Sands' history the mining of Fullers earth was the major industry in the area.

Woburn Sands (or rather Hogsty End) was a hamlet of nearby Wavendon and became a separate parish in 1867. It became a town in the early 1970s. The church of St Michael is over the county border in the area known as Aspley Heath and was consecreted in 1868. Woburn Sands railway station was opened in 1846.

Sunday 21 July 2024

Great Missenden

For this week's trip, and for the third week in a row, i headed off down to Buckinghamshire. This time i went somewhere new, the rather lovely village of Great Missenden. This is a jolly place full of nice looking (and no doubt very expensive) houses and cottages as well as a rather fine church. You can see my photos here.

Friday 19 July 2024

Churches (226) : St Peter, Wolverhampton

The Collegiate church of St Peter is a large church in the centre of Wolverhampton. The church has Saxon origins though the oldest parts of the current church date from the 13th century, the crossing and south transept (of the cruciform layout). The nave dates from the 15th century, as does the tower and north transept and chancel. The church has a six bay aisled nave and a four bay chancel.

The church was a chapel royal for many years and a royal peculiar which meant it was independent of the local diocese and even the Province of Canterbury. 

Thursday 18 July 2024

Double Denham

Last weekend i headed down to Buckinghamshire again, but this time the weather wasn't too bad. I went to Denham to visit Denham Golf Club railway station for the first time, and then i walked (mostly public footpaths) to Denham Green and the other Denham station (though this one i have been to before). You can see my photos here.

Wednesday 17 July 2024