Flackwell Heath and Loudwater Local History Group

This local history group for residents of Flackwell Heath, Loudwater and Wooburn, 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.
  • Forthcoming Events

    (For all enquiries please contact the Flackwell Heath Community Library, Chapel Road, Flackwell Heath)

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

    Spring Events 2016

    Monday January 18th 2016, 7.30pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    First in a series on The Villages in the Great War. We begin with Flackwell Heath.
    How did the village look at the time of WW1?
    Who were the local men who served and paid the ultimate sacrifice?
    Which men served and were fortunate enough to survive?
    And what of the families that they left behind?
    Come and find out the answers at this very informative evening delivered by members of the Local History Group.
    Tickets for this event are available 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)

    Tuesday February 9th, from 7.15pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Fact Finding Forum on ‘Pubs, clubs and cafes’
    Do you remember old pubs that are no longer here, or did you visit clubs that are now defunct, or cafes and tea rooms sadly long gone?
    Fact Finding Forums are social evenings when anyone with an interest in our chosen topic is welcome to come along with information e.g. stories and/or photographs which we can copy there and then to add to our archives. Come and have a chat with fellow Fact Finders over a tea or coffee and help us with our local history research.
    FREE entry

    Wednesday February 17th (NOT February 24th as previously advertised), 7.30pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Another chance to hear the History of Chairmaking in Wycombe by Stewart Linford
    The remarkable story of our national chair, the Windsor - from Chiltern woodland to High Wycombe workshop, the dedicated craftsmen, the historic firms plus the variety and ingenuity of their creations and the inside story of how the customers enjoyed them.

    Stewart started making Windsor chairs in High Wycombe over 35 years ago when there were still 40 other businesses employing over a thousand makers.
    Whilst the trade declined drastically in the face of cheap imports Stewart built a world wide reputation and his limited editions included the Shakespeare range, Churchill range, Nelson range, Battle of Britain range and Sir Steve Redgrave’s sporting achievements.
    Tickets for this event will be available 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)

    ‘People and Places’
    Postponed until Monday May 16th, at the Flackwell Heath Community Library, due to unforeseen circumstances and NOT March 21st as previously advertised.
    Jane Dunsterville presents ‘People and Places’ as remembered in verse by local resident Nat Bowler who lived in the village for many years.
    Jane will bring alive some of Nat Bowler’s poems, which describe people, places and events in Flackwell Heath when it was still a rural backwater, and will illustrate them with pictures of the village.
    Tickets for this event will be available 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)

    Monday April 18th, 7.30pm at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    Another chance to listen to John Gurney’s popular presentation
    ‘Over a Hundred Years of Local Railway History’

    Tickets for this event will be available 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)



    If you would like to share information in advance on the topics contained in any of our talks we would love to hear from you.
    We are particularly interested in hearing from any descendants of the men on the war memorial and also from local retired chair makers who have stories of their experiences working in this once large and familiar industry: click here to contact us.

    (For all enquiries please contact the Flackwell Heath Community Library, Chapel Road, Flackwell Heath)

    Previous events
    2015
    History of Chairmaking in Wycombe
    Stained glass making at Burleighfield
    The Local Machine Riots of 1830/31 - Rioters families
    Early Schooling in Flackwell & Loudwater - twice
    Over a Hundred Years of Local Railway History - thrice

    2014
    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 - twice

    2013
    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

    2012
    The Machine Riots of 1830
    Open evening - sharing the past
    Jubilee Exhibition
    Community Library Opening - History Display


    The group in action:
    Costumed cemetery tour for the centenary of WW1 at Little Marlow Cemetery



    To contact the group, please click here

    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

    Listen out for:

    Lest We Forget
    Continuing our 'Men on the Memorials' project the bell at Christchurch, Flackwell Heath, will ring to honour the centenary of each of the following deaths:
    Charles Saunders 7th January 1916

    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. The bell will toll to honour:
    James Keen 24th February 1916
    Cornelius Smith 7th March 1916

    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 World War Two research and hope that families are still living in the villages with memories of these men. 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



    Jane has also created a Mills Walk (which can be done in stages) and which takes you on a journey into the past and our papermaking heritage. Maps for this walk are available from the Library.









    Talks, exhibitions and displays at the Flackwell Heath Community Library
    (Remember to look at our display cabinet in the library foyer as the display inside changes periodically)

    Site last updated 8th January 2016

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