Flackwell Heath and Loudwater Local History Group

This newly formed local history group for residents of Flackwell Heath and Loudwater, in Buckinghamshire, aims to promote an interest in our history and to foster a sense of community.

Our objectives are:

  • To conduct research into aspects of the history and life in the communities of Flackwell Heath and Loudwater
  • To hold exhibitions on subjects of historical and topical interest
  • To conduct community projects on the history of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and their environs and related subjects of local and community interest
  • To liaise with schools and other local interest groups to provide information on the history of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and area
  • To support Flackwell Heath and Loudwater Community Library in preserving records and sources of information on the history of the locality
  • To organise talks, seminars and workshops on local history.
  • To find out more about our activities please use the links below:

    For a visual history of our villages go to Flackwell folk: www.galaxypix.com/Sally/Flackwellfolk/
    Loudwater lea: www.galaxypix.com/Sally/Loudwaterlea/
    Both these sites are still developing and need your memories and stories to add under the Learn More buttons.

    For 'Then and Now' images of the area click here

    Forthcoming events

    Events Schedule for April and May 2015
    (For all enquiries please contact the Flackwell Heath Community Library, Chapel Road, Flackwell Heath)

    Lest We Forget
    Continuing our 'Men on the Memorials' project the bell at Christchurch, Flackwell Heath, will ring to honour:
    Ernest Barton and Ernest Wilkes who both died 16th May 1915
    Viscount Wendover, only son of Lord Carrington, 19th May 1915

    St Peters Church, Loudwater will also ring their bell to commemorate the centenary of the death of each man named on the Loudwater War Memorial. In March the bell was tolled to honour the first man from the village to die, William Gibbs, who died on the 20th March 1915. This short ceremony was attended by his great granddaughter, great-great granddaughter & great- great-great grandson.
    This month the bell will toll to honour:
    Albert Celiams, 16th May 1915
    Arthur Saunders, 30th May 1915

    Fact Finding Forum at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Tuesday 19th May 2015, 7.15pm

    This month we will concentrate on our “House History” research. The information that we have gathered so far on the older buildings will be available. Please pop along to this informal evening, especially if you live in an older property in Flackwell Heath or Loudwater. If you have any interesting papers, photographs or other information please bring them with you.
    Everyone is welcome. FREE entry.

    Tomb with a View
    Thursday evening 21st May 2015
    at High Wycombe Cemetery

    Another chance to join Local History Group member, Sally Scagell, for a tour of High Wycombe Cemetery and discover the stories behind some of Wycombe’s Victorian & Edwardian farmers, corn dealers & tradesmen, including members of the Volunteer Fire Brigade.
    Thursday 21st May | 7-8.30pm
    Tickets £5 each MUST be purchased from High Wycombe Library
    Meet at the Priory Road entrance
    Please wear shoes suitable for wet grass
    Tour will be limited to 25 people
    Not suitable for children under 12 years
    Hosted by Friends of High Wycombe Library

    Early Schooling in Flackwell & Loudwater
    Monday 8th June 2015 7.30 – 9.30pm at Flackwell Heath Community Library

    We are repeating this popular talk to allow more local folk to find out or reminisce about our local schools.
    Mike Dewey will present the history of the early schools in the two villages from the early 1800s up to the 1940s.
    During this illustrated talk, using photographs and images from the original logbooks and registers, Mike will consider
  • How schooling moved from a local to a national issue
  • The problems involved in establishing the two national schools
  • Staffing at the schools
  • The schools in the Great War and WW2

    After a short break, Jane Dunsterville will read the stories of some of the villagers recalling their time at the two schools. Other tales and memories will be shown on display panels.

    Tickets from the Flackwell Heath Community Library £5 (£3 to Friends of the FHCL)
    (Please note this is a ticket only event and tickets will not be available at the door)

    Diary Date
    Monday June 29th
    The Local Machine Riots of 1830/31

    What happened to the rioters and their families?
    This evening we will be looking at the stories of Thomas Blizzard, James Barton, John Sarney and their descendants.
    Further details to come.
    Tickets will be on sale from 18th May from the library.

    If you would like to share information in advance of any of our talks we would love to hear from you: click here

    The “Trace your family history” help sessions run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A full list of dates and times are on display at the Library.

    Previous events
    Early Schooling in Flackwell & Loudwater Over a Hundred Years of Local Railway History

    Women on the Home Front
    Glory Mill - Walk and Talk
    The History of paper-making talk
    Our World at War - Little Marlow Cemetery tour
    To Boldly Glow - History of glow worms in the area
    Assistance at Tell Them of Us, WW1 Cemetery Tour, High Wycombe Glory Mill - Walk and Talk
    Our Villages in the Great War
    Then and Now - Fennels Wood a changing story

    Fund raising Quiz Night
    The history of Windsor Chairs
    A virtual tour of the surrounding area - SWOP
    Open evening - house histories and Glory Mill
    The Times of their Lives - Little Marlow Cemetery tour
    Lace Making presentation
    Walk for National Mills Weekend
    Silt Road - the Wye
    Farming in Flackwell Heath
    Our research on the Machine Riots

    The Machine Riots of 1830
    Open evening - sharing the past
    Jubilee Exhibition
    Community Library Opening - History Display

    To contact the group, please click here
  • Our Research Projects

    Members of the Local History Group have wide ranging interests, from transport to houses, and places to people. To find out more about our research projects please click below:
    Our research projects

    Local War Memorials
    The Local History Group has now published its research into the soldiers who are named on the Flackwell Heath War Memorial. Their research into the Loudwater names is still continuing and will be published in due course. Our up-to-the-minute research on both these war memorials can also be found on this website tinyurl.com/warmemorials which is still a work in progress as more information becomes available.

    We are now embarking on a collaborative project with students from the Flackwell Heath campus of Amersham and Wycombe College who are also investigating the names on the Flackwell Heath memorial. This continuing work will complement the memorial research in several ways: by studying the war diaries of the regiments in which the soldiers served and by the collection of memories and memorabilia from descendants of the soldiers. Do click here if you have anything to offer this project.

    Remember to pick up a Walks Guide Sheet this winter
    The Local History Group wish to encourage you to get out and discover some local views and the history under our feet. Jane Dunsterville has devised three circular walks in and around Flackwell Heath that are available from the Library. Pick up your Guide Sheet and discover an old trade route, the road that is named after a local merchant and the Old Wharf at Little Marlow.
    Walks are entitled:
    Fennels Wood
    Down on the Farm
    Golf links Loop

    Site last updated 21st April 2015

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