So from their experience in Chesham the team defined a way of working which meant that when they undertook ‘fieldwork’, going round the town looking at historic pub buildings, they already had sufficient information to know what they were looking for. In other words, they had a ‘methodology’.
Then a smaller town, Winslow, was chosen to test this out. This survey proved much more focused and successful. Although there are only four existing pubs in the town, twenty buildings were identified as having previously been public houses and these were all recorded. However six buildings that were noted in records had vanished without trace.
With just a little tweaking, the methodology was ready for members of the Historic Buildings Group to have a go, so Weston Turville was chosen for an evening’s survey in June 2010. The village dates back before Domesday Book, though none of its three pubs today is that old. But at one time this relatively small village had no fewer than nine pubs. With a little research, all could still be identified.
So it’s time to widen the search...
Now, with two surveys under its belt, the project team had set up the methodology - the "how to do it" Guide and defined the survey forms that could be used to survey historic pubs and their buildings across Buckinghamshire.
The next step was to get some surveys started....