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The Parish Room, Puttenham

The Parish Room, which dates back to late Victorian times, was not originally located at Puttenham but near Tring Station, on the Pendley Estate owned by Joseph Williams of Pendley Manor, where it was reputedly used as a luggage room. It is believed that the building was supplied as a pre-fabricated ‘flat pack’ probably sourced from the catalogue of a Victorian equivalent of Wickes! (more…)

Old Church Cottage, Chapel Lane

Originally two cottages: a Thatched cottage, likely to have been built in the 16th/17th Century, and a slate roofed cottage of early Victorian origin, Old Church Cottage sits adjacent to the Mediaeval Tower of the old Chapel of Ease of Long Marston, and its’ Church Yard. The earliest deeds in the present owner’s possession date back to 1759, when the Thatched cottage was in the ownership of the Manor of Tring. Earlier records indicate the humble workman’s cottage as likely to have been owned by the Lord of the Manor, Samuel Bromley of Long Marston. Lord Rothschild, in 1894, as Lord of the Manor of Great Tring, with the Members, sold the cottage to a Mr E.F. Gregory. From thence onwards the cottage has changed hands several times, with, in more recent years, owners having a bias towards literary association. Mary Grieve, editor of Woman Magazine lived here and years later, another owner being the night editor of The Independent. The present owners herald from the medical world; a retired General Practitioner and Health Visitor from Harrow.

Article by John Noakes.


The term “field” was first used to distinguish areas cleared of trees from the tracts of forest found by the earliest settlers in Britain.

The great fields were divided into smaller areas, known as furlongs or shots and these were subdivided into strips or plots held by individual tenants. (more…)



Tiscot had a chapel which was pulled down in1661. Until 1748 the hamlets of Tiscot, Betlow and Aldwick were in the parish of Marsworth.

Long Marston  

The original church of Long Marston was to the west of the village, at the end of chapel lane and was pulled down except for its embattled tower, in 1883. (more…)

Tea at the Tower That Was

Last month I wrote about how a small group of us locally raised funds to restore the Old Church Tower in Chapel Lane Long Marston.

One of the fund raising activities was Tea at the Tower. This proved to be one of the most successful and popular events of the summer and it continued to be held annually long after funds were raised sufficient to secure the safety of the Tower. (more…)

The Old Church Tower and its Surrounding Churchyard

It is now ten years since a group of us came together in an attempt to restore the Old Church Tower at Long Marston. A  Grade 11* listed building, situated in its small churchyard with a few gravestones, it is surrounded by sombre old yews and dominated by a gigantic lime tree. On one side is the remains of a moat whish once surrounded the long lost Manor of Long Marston and adjacent is a 16th century thatched cottage. (more…)

Long Marston Airfield

Fields on the site of what would become Long Marston Airfield were used  as an aerodrome in 1917 during the First World War, but activities ceased after the armistice.

In 1940, farmland worked mainly by Arthur Rees and some by William Southernwoods was requisitioned, and 1941 saw intense activity as building contractors George Wimpey flattened the land and constructed runways, service roads and buildings. (more…)

Flooding in Long Marston

Long Marston and the surrounding area are criss-crossed with streams and drainage ditches, but despite these attempts at keeping the water levels under control, the village has suffered with flooding on many occasions.

In 1978 the village flooded at least 4 times, the water rising to a depth of 3 feet behind the houses in Marston Court, and reaching from the crossroads to Loxley Farm. (more…)

The Long Marston Show, 6th August

This year’s Long Marston show is as usual being staged on the first Saturday in August (6th) and will include a full produce show in the village hall as well as all your favourite stalls and a fully-stocked bar on the rec.  (more…)

Millennium map re-issued

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This month the Horti are re-launching a piece of local history.  On one of my walks recently, I visited my friend Oliver Matthews and bought one of his wonderful village plans he compiled just before the millennium.  This is an A2 sized print of the Ordinance Survey maps from 1796 and 1996 showing how Long Marston and the surrounding hamlets looked at the time, superbly drawn by Ken Peak, accompanied by some beautifully painted pictures of local landmarks by Phyl Thorpe.  With the ever changing village population, the Horti feel we should reissue these at £10 a copy.  Anyone interested should contact Oliver directly on 01296 662181.

From our Horti Correspondent