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300 attend Stoke Mandeville deserted village Open Day
21 November 2014

Around 300 people visited the site of the deserted village and ruins of the original St Mary’s Church in Stoke Mandeville during the Society’s Open Day there on Sunday 19 October. Many said they had not previously known the site existed – including many locals – and did not realise that plans for the HS2 high-speed rail line would destroy both the site and the church ruins.

Many visitors said how informative the Society's display boards were about the site. The 16 displays covered every aspect, from the Domesday Book entry for the manor and its mill to the broad swathe of land that will be taken by HS2.

Around 20 members of the Society helped run the Open Day, setting up the shelters, displays and stalls, directing car parking, managing the minibus trips to the site, guiding visitors around the churchyard and running children's activities. Many people complimented the Society on its efficient organisation.

Stoke Mandeville deserted village site Open Day
4 October 2014

On Sunday 19 October the Society will be running an Open Day at the site of Stoke Mandeville’s deserted medieval village. Come and visit the village’s hidden heritage, soon to be lost as a result of the HS2 high-speed rail line.

• Free shuttle bus from the village centre (outside Stoke Mandeville Combined School and near the present parish church) between 11am and 4pm, followed by a short walk across a grassy field.
• Displays about the old medieval church, its graveyard, and the possible sites of the manor house an watermill – plus children’s activities and music by Zachary Taylor on his reconstructed Saxon lyre.
• The construction of HS2 will remove the surviving ruins of this ancient church and its historic surroundings, mentioned in Domesday Book.

An Aylesbury dig, Coleshill houses and the Linslade Charter...
Records of Bucks 25 goes on-line
19 August 2014

Three classic articles are made easily accessible by trhe on-line republication of Records of Buckinghamshire volume 25, originally published in print in 1983.

One is the report of the first archaeological excavation to be done in Aylesbury's old town. The site in George Street revealed traces of Iron Age settlement and demonstrated the greater extent of the graveyard around St Mary's Church in the Saxon period.

The second is John Chenevix Trench's comprehensive analysis of the medieval buildings of Coleshill, drawing on structural evidence from these buildings to deduce the social and economic patterns of the village.

The third is a detailed interpretation of the Linslade Charter of 966, through which Arnold Baines reassesses the Life of the Lady Elgiva, of the Wessex royal house and great Buckinghamshire landowner, and the influence of St Aethelwold.

Riches indeed... and an Anglo-Saxon silver penny found at Walton, for small change. These and other articles in volume 25 can now be accessed on-line as part of this website.
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