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HS2: Heritage On The Line

If the HS2 high-speed rail line is constructed it will carve its way not only through the ancient Chiltern landscape but through a significant number of historic sites in central and north Buckinghamshire, both above and below ground.

Since the announcement of the line's proposed construction Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society has been actively raising heritage issues with HS2 Limited and by raising public awareness. The society arranged an Open Day for viewing the remains of the church and graveyard of old Stoke Mandeville, a little-known historic feature in the care of the local parish council – and which would be completely obliterated by construction of the line.

This was followed by a one-day conference about HS2's impact on many other threatened locations, ranging from ancient river deposits where mammoth bones have previously been discovered, to a Roman small town and parts of two deserted medieval village sites.

The Society has been active in gauging the potential impact of HS2 for the past six years. To see our members' assessments, reports and other activities click the links at the head of this page.