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Research and Recording – Local Sites

Buckinghamshire Register of Historic Parks & Gardens

Research and Recording Group

Our Research and Recording Group investigates and records the history of individual parks and gardens to identify their historic significance, record their current condition and to inform their future conservation and development.

One of the most important activities of the Trust is its research into Buckinghamshire’s parks, gardens and open spaces. Our Research Group is friendly, lively and very active; we meet at Bucks County Council offices about every six weeks to report on research findings and share good research practice. Volunteers are also invited to attend training days and educational visits, both locally and further afield. The Group’s research is used to raise awareness and inform owners and those responsible for the management of historic parks and gardens. Importantly it is also used to inform the Trust’s responses to planning applications that may affect a site on the Register.

       Our all-important research findings feed into not only our local planning authority but Parks & Gardens UK and Historic England List as well as being available for access to all online.

      Themes that the Group will be working on will be:

  1. At risk and vulnerable sites (such as those on the route of HS2 and Oxford to Cambridge Expressway)
  2. Sites identified already on the Local Buckinghamshire Register of Historic Parks & Gardens (these number 400 plus)
  3. Artists gardens in Buckinghamshire

We need volunteers who are interested in gardens, horticulture, social and cultural history, local history or archaeology to get involved and help support our work.

The Trust would like to enrol more volunteers who are interested in researching gardens and if you would like to join our enthusiastic team helping to understand more about our garden heritage, please contact us.

We are publishing each site we have investigated, as part of our Research and Recording Project. Our group is discovering wealth of information about each site.

As our research on each site is completed it will be added to the (alphabetical) list here; all the sites are followed by their local authority district designation for planning purposes.
AVDC – Aylesbury Vale District Council
ChDC – Chiltern District Council
MKC – Milton Keynes Council
SlBC – Slough Borough Council
SBDC – South Bucks District Council
WyDC – Wycombe District Council

Just click on the name of a site to download the .pdf file about it, to learn more about its part in the county’s history of parks, gardens and other designed landscapes. These research ‘dossiers’ are modelled on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens entries produced by Historic England to give parks, gardens and other designed landscapes protection within the planning process.

Addington Manor   AVDC
Alderbourne Manor   SBDC
Alscot Lodge
Aylesbury Cemetery  AVDC
Barton Hartshorn   AVDC
Baylis Park, Slough  SlBC
Bekonscot ChDC  (added January 2019)
Bletchley Park   
Boarstall Tower   AVDC
Brands House, Four Ashes   WyDC
Campbell Park   MKC 
Castle Hill House, High Wycombe   WyDC
Chalfont Park   ChDC
Chenies Manor   ChDC
Chetwode Manor   AVDC
Chesham Bois House   
Chetwode Priory   AVDC
Chilterns Crematorium ChDC 
Chilton House AVDC 
Cowper & Newton Museum, Olney   MKC 
Dadford Burial Ground   AVDC
Dancers End Pumping Station,  AVDC
Denham Grove   SBDC
Dinton Hall    AVDC
Ditton Park 
Doddershall Park   
Dorney Court SBDC 
East Burnham Park SBDC 
Great Brickhill Manor   AVDC
Green Park, Aston Clinton   AVDC
Hanslope Park    MKC
Heatherden Hall, home of Pinewood Studios   SBDC
High & Over, Amersham   ChDC
High Wycombe Cemetery   WyDC
Hillesden House
Horsenden Manor
Horwood House   AVDC 
Lilies, Weedon    AVDC
Lillingstone House   AVDC
Little Halings, (Tile House Farm)   SBDC
The Manor House, Bledlow   WyDC
Manor House/Brooke House, Princes Risborough   WyDC
Marlow Cemetery   WyDC
Central Milton Keynes   
Newlands Tree Cathedral  MKC
Nether Winchendon Manor AVDC 
Orchard House, Olney   MKC
Poundon House   AVDC
Rayners, (formerly Penn School)   WyDC
Richings   SBDC
Rignalls    WyDC 
Pednor House
St Katharine’s, Parmoor   WyDC
Savay Farm, Denham   SBDC
Stoke Court   SBDC
Stoke Place    SBDC
Tingewick Hall    AVDC
Wendover Manor    AVDC
Weston Park MKC 
Willen Lakes,   MKC 
Winslow Hall   AVDC
Woodlands Park    ChDC
Woodrow High House    ChDC

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