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Hawridge, (recorded as Hoquerug in the 12th century) is a small village in the Chilterns in the county of Buckinghamshire, England
England
and bordering the county boundary with Hertfordshire. It is 3 miles (4.8 km) from Chesham, 4 miles (6.4 km) from both Tring
Tring
and Berkhamsted. Hawridge
Hawridge
is one of four villages comprising Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards, a civil parish within Chiltern District. It is a rural community but the agricultural economy is small and most local people rely for employment on neighbouring towns, the proximity of London, the availability of broadband technology or local tourism and the popularity of the area for recreational activities.

Contents

1 Geography

1.1 Geology 1.2 Land use 1.3 Settlement

2 History

2.1 Early settlement

2.1.1 Prehistoric 2.1.2 Anglo-Saxon 2.1.3 Medieval

2.2 English Civil War 2.3 Lords of the Manor

3 Local economy 4 Demographics 5 Education 6 Landmarks and buildings

6.1 Hawridge
Hawridge
Mill 6.2 Hawridge
Hawridge
Court 6.3 Pumping Station

7 Religion 8 Transport 9 Sport and recreation 10 Governance 11 Notable people 12 Notes 13 External links 14 References

Geography[edit] Before the incorporation of additional land from adjacent parishes, Hawridge
Hawridge
historically comprised some 696 acres (2.82 km2). It is located in the main along a ridge on the dip slope within the Chiltern downland landscape. It is some 590 ft (182 m) above sea level. Geology[edit] The geology of the area has dictated the land use. The soil comprises gravely clay, intermixed with flints, small pebbles, and öolite over a chalk formation. Several examples of puddingstones a characteristic form of this aggregate have been found locally. There are no streams in the area due to the porous chalk sub soil. In places the occurrence of clay close to the surface accounts for several natural ponds fed by springs. Until connection with mains water in the mid-20th century, the scarcity of water had necessitated the sinking of deep wells and capture of rainwater. Land use[edit] In contrast to nearby areas of the Chilterns more land is given over to open space i.e. agricultural, both arable and pasture; paddocks; heathland and most significantly the Common along one side of which the majority of houses are arranged. There is relatively little mature ancient woodland remaining as most was cleared mainly during the 18th century and given over to beech plantation connected with the furniture making industry in High Wycombe. Both chalk and a small amount of clay have been extracted over the years, Meanwhile, in more recent times flint was dug out for road making. Both activities have left their mark in the form of small mounds and shallow depressions. Historically, many homes had access to orchards, gardens for vegetable production and pasture for domestic animals. These have largely disappeared and over the last ten years or so the increasing popularity of horse riding has created a demand for suitable land for paddocks. Settlement[edit] Villages in this part of the Chilterns are often set out around Greens and Commons
Commons
or strung out along ridges with which they connect often without a gap to adjacent settlements. Despite being not far distant from Chesham, Hawridge
Hawridge
is consequently more closely linked in this way with the neighbouring villages of Cholesbury, St Leonards and Buckland Common. Heath End is a hamlet which has always been closely associated with Hawridge
Hawridge
although historically part of the settlement had been in Hertfordshire
Hertfordshire
until the second half of 20th century. The name probably derives from its location on the edge of Wigginton Heath. Until 1935 Hawridge
Hawridge
did not have mains water. Drainage did not arrive until 1963. The road down to Chesham
Chesham
was frequently impassable in winter and periodic flooding has still occurred even in recent years. The Second World War
Second World War
resulted in an influx of people escaping the London
London
Blitz and not returning afterwards. This migration had a lasting effect with more houses built or greatly enlarged or refurbished. Transport improvements enabling daily commuting to London from the 1950s onwards also led to a further change with the growth in more affluent families which irrevocably changed the composition of the village community. Concerns in the 1960s about uncontrolled housing development encouraged the establishment of resident's groups focussed on preserving the village scene. Situated in the Chilterns AONB, and combined with national and local government planning controls there is strict enforcement of restrictions on residential building developments. This has led to a shortage in affordable and social housing. The scarcity of available property has added a premium onto house prices in Hawridge
Hawridge
(average selling price circa £700k as at 2007) and neighbouring villages compared to other areas in the rest of the South-east of England. History[edit] Early settlement[edit] Prehistoric[edit] There is evidence of prehistoric settlement from archaeological finds, including a Palaeolithic
Palaeolithic
handaxe found at the hamlet of Heath End, having probably arrived with road materials transported to the site. Mesolithic
Mesolithic
and neolithic tranchet axe-heads were found near Haddens Plantation and Heath End Farm.[1] From finds such as a late Bronze Age sword, now at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
Oxford
it has been concluded that there was a permanent settlement in the area from around 600BC.[2] Anglo-Saxon[edit] The original village name Aucrug is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means ridge frequented by hawks.There is evidence of trading activity through finds of coins spanning from around 4th Century, the late Roman period of Valentinian I, and about 1450 during the reign of Edward IV. Medieval[edit] Adjacent to White Hawridge
Hawridge
Bottom is evidence of strip lynchets and terraces built around 11th century. Lynchets are the result of ploughing accumulating earth on the lowest point of the slope and building up a terrace of flatter ground on square or rectangular early medieval fields. At Hawridge
Hawridge
Court there is a medieval manor house dating from the 13th century enclosed by earlier ringwork, comprising a single rampart and ditch.[1] English Civil War[edit] Hawridge
Hawridge
is said to have associations with the English Civil War during the 1640s Parliamentary soldiers were billeted in the area at a time when skirmishes were occurring in and around Wendover
Wendover
and Chesham. Adjacent to Horseblock Lane, which crosses Hawridge
Hawridge
Common, may have been where their horses were quartered. It has also been said that during one particularly fierce skirmish with the Royalists, dead horses were used to form a barricade from which the name of the lane is derived. Lords of the Manor[edit] The manor of Hawridge
Hawridge
is not mentioned in the Domesday Book. The first attributed with ownership of the lands was Robert D'Oyly, who died in 1091, and following a period of major land reassignment the manor appears to have been granted to Henry de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Warwick and remained with successive Earls of Warwick. The first records show from the 13th century the manor was associated with John de Beauchamp a relative of the Earl of Warwick. Around 1319 and through connections between the de Beauchamp family it became connected to one of the estates held by the Bassetts in Marsworth. By 1379 the manor had passed to Edward or Edmund Cook who gave it up to pay off debts. The Penyston family held the manor from the beginning of the 15th century and it stayed with the family for 150 years until when Thomas Penyston died it passed to Thomas Tasburgh in 1572, who would later become MP for The county of Buckingham. His wife Dorothy acquired some notoriety for her geremandering of elections at Aylesbury. By 1650 and following several conveyances between the Dell, Blackwell and Wright families, the manor was in the hands of John Seare. From the beginning of the 18th century his son Richard owned jointly the manors of Hawridge
Hawridge
and Cholesbury
Cholesbury
– an arrangement which has continued until today. The manoral rights were acquired by Robert Dayrell in 1748 and remained in the control of absentee landlords until the end of the 19th century. Henry Turner, a J.P. was the first Lord of the Manor to reside in the locality for 300 years when in 1899 he took up residency at Braziers End House in Cholesbury. A tradition continued since by the seven Lords of the Manor in the 20th/21st centuries The Manorial Court which had ceased to operate during the early 19th century as the Church Vestry
Vestry
and later parish meetings held greater sway, was revived by Henry Turner. Held quarterly at the Full Moon, there are records of frequent fines for such misdeeds as turning out animals on the Common or removing from it wood or stone without permission. The manoral rights originating from the 12th century, which have continued to be held jointly with Cholesbury
Cholesbury
since 17th century no longer control village life. Hawridge
Hawridge
and Cholesbury Commons
Commons
Preservation Society now manage the Commons
Commons
on behalf of the Lord of the Manor.[3] Local economy[edit] Like the neighbouring village of Cholesbury, Hawridge
Hawridge
with its extensive commons was on an important droving route. There were once several alehouses located close to the Common. They were able to flourish due to this boost in trade between the 18th and later on when up until the early part of the 20th centuries they were also frequented by the growing numbers of brickyard and agricultural labourers. The Full Moon Pub, which is closest to the parish boundary with Cholesbury, is recorded as having its first licensed keeper in 1766 although as an unlicensed alehouse it may date back to 1693. Further along the Common is the Rose and Crown, first licensed in 1753. Down Hawridge
Hawridge
Vale is the oldest of the three, the Black Horse, which first opened in the mid-17th century. Other alehouses such as the Mermaid, across the road from the 'Moon', came and went but these three have survived to the present day.

Agricultural merchants

The poor quality of the land though meant that employment for villagers was often of a casual nature. Straw plaiting
Straw plaiting
was the chief occupation of women and children during most of the 19th century. The plait was sent to Luton or London. The availability of daily train services to London
London
also provided income from pheasant rearing. Until the Second World War
Second World War
agriculture had been the principle industry in the area. During the 20th century, much of the land was gradually taken out of agricultural use until today when only a minimal acreage is given over to or cattle and sheep-grazing or arable farming. The relative closeness to Chesham
Chesham
provided opportunity for work within, for example, one of the many mills or boot factories. The arrival of the railway to Chesham
Chesham
during the 1880s, the relative closeness to London
London
and other conurbations and improvement to the road networks and public transport resulted in work being sought from further afield. The village supported a number of small shops until the 1960s when supermarkets and increased car ownership sealed their fate. Although a few businesses such as an agricultural merchants, a blacksmith and the three pubs continuing to operate today, there are no longer employers of significant numbers of local people within the village itself. In contrast the 2001 census has indicated a further change in employment patterns with increasing numbers of professional workers taking advantage of enhanced telecommunication through availability of broadband connectivity to work from home. Demographics[edit] The census of 1801 records there were 121 inhabitants in 24 families living in 21 houses in Hawridge. According to the subsequent censuses the population grew rapidly between 1801 and 1861 when it was 276 and then fell back by 1901 to just 209. By 1931 it had again increased to 222. As at 2001 93.5% of the local people were recorded as of White ethnic origin. Just under 80% declared they were Christians. Some 45% of people were in employment and 21%, a significantly higher proportion than elsewhere in the district, were self-employed and over 15% were retired which was slightly higher than in nearby areas.

Hawridge
Hawridge
and Cholesbury
Cholesbury
School

Education[edit] Children between the ages of 5 and 11 attend Hawridge
Hawridge
and Cholesbury Church of England
England
School. Today the catchment area covers the neighbouring villages of Bellingdon, Cholesbury, St Leonards and Buckland Common
Buckland Common
(the latter two since the close of the school at St Leonards). The school was founded as a National School and opened in 1874 on land given by the Lord of the Manor. Before this the only education available was from the 'straw-plait' school, which were a common feature of villages in this part of the Chilterns and were also mentioned in a Select Committee report of 1819.The original school house remained as an integral part of the modern school until 2010 when it was sold and is now a private house. Landmarks and buildings[edit] A stone obelisk on the boundary between Hawridge
Hawridge
and Cholesbury
Cholesbury
was erected in 1898 to mark Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee the year before. Hawridge
Hawridge
Mill[edit] Hawridge
Hawridge
Mill also known as Cholesbury
Cholesbury
Mill, is a disused tower mill which straddles the boundary between Hawridge
Hawridge
and Cholesbury
Cholesbury
villages. It is now a private residence but was until 1912 in operation and on the site of an earlier smock mill. Residents and visitors in the First World War period included a number of artists and celebrities, including Gilbert Cannan, Mark Gertler, Bertrand Russell, and the actress Doris Keane.[4] Hawridge
Hawridge
Court[edit] The present day Hawridge
Hawridge
Court, a private property, contains the location of the original medieval manor house which was surrounded by a ringwork, now designated a Scheduled Monument. The ringwork was most likely constructed shortly after the Norman Conquest
Norman Conquest
though some archaeological features point to it having a much earlier, prehistoric origin. It is oval in shape measuring 60×50 metres in diameter, is bounded by a rampart 16 metres wide and between two and five metres high and an external ditch which includes a deep moat for part of its circumference. A gap and causeway marks the probable original entrance. On the outside there is a moat, also dated to the medieval period, which almost surrounds the ramparts[5] The original manor house, built by 1223, was replaced by an 18th-century Grade II listed, timber-framed farmhouse. All that remains of the original manor buildings is a granary (or possibly pigeon house) relocated inside the plot and converted into a timber and brick cottage during the Tudor period. Additional barns were constructed in the 18th century. Hawridge
Hawridge
Court was occupied periodically by the Lord of the Manors of Hawridge
Hawridge
and Cholesbury.[6][7] Pumping Station[edit]

Pumping Station in The Vale

The water-pumping station at Nut Hazel Cross was built in the 1950s to supply water from the aquifer to the growing population in the towns of Halton, Tring
Tring
and Wendover. Despite enhanced levels of water extraction when groundwater levels remained high the road through The Vale to Chesham, which has always lacked effective drainage was frequently impassable in winter months, and remains prone to flooding today.[8] Religion[edit] St Mary's Church, (see info box above) was first mentioned in 1227. During the 19th century it fell into disrepair and was rebuilt in 1856 by the church architect William White, using original flint-and-brick materials and in a style peculiar to the 1850s known as 'constructional polychromy'.[9] The church has retained its 13th century circular font.[10] Oliver Cromwell
Oliver Cromwell
ordered that church organs be removed in 1644. Churches relied on bands comprising local musicians to provide accompaniment until organs were reintroduced in the 19th century. An old bassoon made around 1800 and played at St Mary's was found during refurbishment of the church and is now to be found in Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire
County Museum Aylesbury.[11] A Baptist church met in a building by Bowmore Farm, at Hawridge
Hawridge
which was a branch of the General Baptist Church in Chesham.[citation needed], and later of Akeman Street Baptist Church in Tring. It was mentioned in the 1851 Ecclesiastical Census by closed by the end of the 1800s. The building no longer stands. In 1876 a small congregation met in a cottage in the village. A Mission Hall was opened for them in 1879 with the help of Naphill Mission Hall and Hope Hall (now Kings Road Evangelical Church), Berkhamsted
Berkhamsted
with the words "The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose" (Isaiah). It closed in 1989 and today the Hall is a private house. Transport[edit]

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Almost 95% of local residents have access to a car. Over the years the provision of buses has decreased significantly. Today a bus service runs once each way on alternative days connecting to Chesham, Tring and local villages. School buses are a valuable facility transporting children to Secondary Schools in Chesham
Chesham
and Amersham. Sport and recreation[edit] The local area with its open views, rural lanes, commons and woodland, criss-crossed by footpaths and bridleways consequently are very popular with cyclists, walkers and horse-riders. The churches of Hawridge
Hawridge
and Cholesbury
Cholesbury
jointly hold a Summer Fête on August Bank Holiday, alternatively on Hawridge
Hawridge
and Cholesbury
Cholesbury
Commons. The Kimblewick Hunt (previously known as Vale of Aylesbury
Aylesbury
with Garth & South Berks Hunt) traditionally hold a meet on Boxing Day (26 December) which draws a large crowd from the local district. Quoits was played on the Commons
Commons
up until the 1920s and the Full Moon pub had a Bowling Alley until the 1970s. Governance[edit] Hawridge
Hawridge
together with the neighbouring villages of Cholesbury, St Leonards and Buckland Common
Buckland Common
are locally known as the Hilltop Villages.[citation needed] From 1896 the church vestry has been succeeded by the parochial church council focussing on church affairs and its responsibilities for the administration of village matters progressively ceded to Hawridge
Hawridge
parish council. Hawridge
Hawridge
remained a separate parish until 1934 when it came together with the other villages to form the civil parish of Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards
Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards
and became part of Amersham Rural District which as part of the 1974 Local Government reorganisation was succeeded by Chiltern District. Notable people[edit]

Angela and sister Hermione Baddeley, both screen and stage actors lived next door to fellow actor Milton Rosmer in the 1930s Milton Rosmer English stage actor, film director and screenwriter lived in the village from the 1930s Margaretta Scott
Margaretta Scott
English actor of stage, film and television (1912–2005) lived in the village with her husband Composer John Wooldridge, daughter actor Susan Wooldridge and son theatre producer Hugh Wooldridge during the 1950s Thomas Tasburgh (1554–1602) lived the early years of his life at Hawridge
Hawridge
Court. He was Lord of the Manor of Hawridge
Hawridge
from 1572–1600 and was also MP for Buckinghamshire, Aylesbury
Aylesbury
and Chipping Wycombe[12] Alpin Errol Thomson, born 1893 in Perth, Australia, played rugby union for Scotland in 1921, and first-class cricket for Somerset County Cricket Club in 1922 and 1923 and for a first-class Royal Navy
Royal Navy
team. He subsequently lived at Hawridge
Hawridge
Place until his death on 6 March 1960[13] Ed Wright, born 1980 digital musician/composer and educator, grew up in Hawridge[14]

Notes[edit]

^ a b Unlocking Buckinghamshire's past, Accessed 13 December 2012 ^ Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of London
London
Vol 2 1852 p215 ^ Local Heritage Study Hawridge
Hawridge
and Cholesbury
Cholesbury
Commons
Commons
– April 2013 Archived 26 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine., Accessed 15 December 2012 ^ Petticrew, Ian and, Austin, Wendy (2010). Gone with the Wind: Windmills, and Those Around Tring. Tring: Wendy Austin. ISBN 978-0-9537924-7-4.  ^ English Heritage National Monuments record – Hawridge
Hawridge
Court Accessed 02-06-11 ^ Extract from English Heritage's Record of Scheduled Monuments, National Monument No. 27155 – Hawridge
Hawridge
Court Ringwork
Ringwork
Accessed 15 April 2011 ^ Archaeological Assessment for Planning Application Chiltern DC Feb 2012[permanent dead link], Accessed 2 November 2013 ^ Piggin, George (1993). Tales of Old Chesham. Highgate Publications (Beverley) Ltd. ISBN 0-948929-70-7.  ^ The High Victorian movement in architecture, 1850–1870 By Stefan Muthesius, Retrieved 12 May 2009 ^ Records of Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire
Vol1 1858 p 268 ^ Hay & Hay 1994, Hilltop Villages of the Chilterns Chap 5 ^ http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1558-1603/member/tasburgh-thomas-1554-1602 ^ Cricket Archive Retrieved, 25 August 2009 ^ http://www.bangor.ac.uk/music/staff/ed_wright.php.en

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons
Commons
has media related to Hawridge.

Cholesbury
Cholesbury
parish website British History Online – Victorian History of Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire
Volume 3 – Hawridge Genuki – Hawridge Unlocking Buckinghamshire's Past

References[edit]

Hay, David; Hay, Joan (1994). Hilltop Villages of the Chilterns. England: Phillimore & Co Ltd. ISBN 0-85033-505-1.  Hepple, Leslie; Doggett, Alison (1971). The Chilterns. England: Phillimore & Co Ltd. ISBN 0-85033-833-6. 

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