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Twyford Research Day kicks off new HS2 project
21 March 2011

A historical research day in the North Bucks village of Twyford will kick off a new project to assess the likely impact of the proposed HS2 high-speed train link on the historic landscapes of Buckinghamshire.

The proposed route crosses the county from end-to-end, passing through historic landscapes in the Chilterns, the Vale of Aylesbury and the north of the county. The society is launching a project to assess the likely impact of HS2 on Bucks’ historic buildings, villages and fields. Those affected range from Neolithic earthworks through Roman sites to medieval farmsteads.

The project will kick off on Saturday 2 April with a survey of the village of Twyford, where the planned high-speed line goes within 150 metres of the Grade 1 listed St Mary's Church and its 15th-century timber-framed former vicarage. The day will be spent looking at earthworks, surveying buildings from the street, and a guided tour of the church. All BAS members are welcome.

Meet for the Research Day at 10am on Saturday 2 April at The Crown pub, The Square, Twyford MK18 4EE.

Follow these links for:
Full details of the Twyford research day.
The HS2 Project page.

Records of Bucks volume 17 goes live on 1 April
13 March 2011

The second on-line volume of Records of Buckinghamshire becomes available through this website on 1 April 2011. This will be volume 17, originally published in five parts in 1961-65. It has been out-of-print for some years.

As always, On-line Records 17 contains articles on a wide variety of subjects, many illustrated with maps, plans, drawings and photographs:

• For archaeologists there is James Dyer and Anthony Hales’ ‘Pitstone Hill – a Study in Field Archaeology’;
• For historic buildings enthusiasts Joan Tanner examines ‘The Building of Chicheley Hall’;
• For documentary historians there’s Elizabeth Elvey’s analysis of as group of Court Rolls of Chalfont St Peter (1308-1538) in ‘The Abbot of Missenden’s Estates in Chalfont St Peter’;
• And for those with more modern concerns the effects of the construction of the London to Birmingham Railway are set out in ‘The Street Development of Fenny Stratford’.

And those are only in Part 1! For a full list of the contents go to the Articles Index and scroll down to Volume 17.

All articles in the printed volume have been scanned to produce An on-line facsimile version which can also be searched on-line by entering your search term as a keyword. The articles will also be accessible after Friday 1 April either directly from the Articles Index or indirectly through the searchable Subject Index. All articles are available to download.

This will be the second volume of Records to go on-line, part of a programme to publish a new on-line volume every six months, with priority given to those that are out of print.

Help us survey Buckinghamshire’s historic pubs
11 January 2011

Every day we’re losing our historic pubs: closing down, unable to compete against television and cheap drinks from supermarkets, turning into restaurants, being converted into homes or demolished to make way for housing developments. And many of these are in ancient, historic buildings.
Now the BAS Historic Buildings Group wants to record them before it’s too late. The group has launched a major project to survey the historic pubs of the county – not just the few that are still there, but those that have been closed. Many of their historic buildings are still there, hiding behind names such as ‘The Old Fox’.
Surveys of Winslow and Weston Turville have already been done, and, to get the project rolling, the survey team have now produced a step-by-step ‘How to do it’ Survey Pack. We all know local pubs in historic buildings, and, all too often now, we know of pubs that have vanished.

Come and join the big pubs survey. This is where it starts...
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