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Locally Important Sites

Research and Recording Group

Locally Important Sites

One of the most important activities of the Trust is its research into Buckinghamshire’s parks, gardens and open spaces.

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

Our Research Group is friendly, lively and very active; we meet at Buckinghamshire 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 local or national Register.

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

The sites we work on fall into the following categories:

  1. At-risk and vulnerable sites (such as those on the route of HS2 and the 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 involvresearch@bucksgardenstrust.org.uked and help support our work. If you would like to join our enthusiastic team helping to understand more about our garden heritage, please contact us.

Our group are discovering a wealth of information about each site, and once their reports on each site are completed they are published here. Hard copies are only provided to the property’s owners, Buckinghamshire Council’s planning department and their Historic Environment Register and Buckinghamshire Archives. In April 2020 Buckinghamshire became a unitary authority, the former districts all coming under the control of Buckinghamshire Council. For the foreseeable future and the purposes of our project we will continue to use the four district names as they divide the county into more manageable areas.

Former local authority districts:
AVDC – Aylesbury Vale District Council
ChDC – Chiltern District Council
RBWM –  Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
SBDC – South Bucks District Council
WyDC – Wycombe District Council

Other unitary authorities:
MKC – Milton Keynes Council
SlBC – Slough Borough Council

As our research on each site is completed it will be added to the (alphabetical) list here. Simply click on the name of a site to download the pdf file.

[R] indicates that the site is on the Historic England Register of Parks and Gardens and thus also appears on our list of Nationally Important Sites.

Please see below the main list for a separate list of cemetery sites (some are still works in progress).  If you know of any other Bucks cemeteries worth recording (NB not church graveyards), please contact us.

Addington Manor   AVDC
Alderbourne Manor   SBDC
Alscot Lodge
   
WyDC
Barton Hartshorn   AVDC
Baylis Park, Slough  SlBC
Bekonscot  ChDC
Bletchley Park  
MKC
Boarstall Tower   AVDC
Brands House, Four Ashes   WyDC
Campbell Park   MKC [R]
Castle Hill House, High Wycombe   WyDC
Central Milton Keynes   MKC
Chalfont Park   ChDC
Chenies Manor   ChDC
Chesham Bois House   ChDC
Chetwode Manor   AVDC
Chetwode Priory   AVDC
Chilterns Crematorium ChDC
Chilton House AVDC
Cowper & Newton Museum, Olney   MKC 
Dancers End Pumping Station,  AVDC
Denham Grove   SBDC
Dinton_Hall   AVDC
Ditton Park   SlBC [R]
Doddershall Park   
AVDC
Dorney Court SBDC
Dorton House   AVDC
Dorton Spa   AVDC
East Burnham Park SBDC
Great Brickhill Manor   AVDC
Greenlands, Hambleden   WyDC
Green Park, Aston Clinton   AVDC
Hanslope Park    MKC
Heatherden Hall, home of Pinewood Studios   SBDC
High & Over, Amersham   ChDC
Hillesden House   AVDC
Horsenden Manor
  WyDC
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
Nether Winchendon Manor AVDC 
Newlands Tree Cathedral   MKC
Orchard House, Olney   MKC
Ouzel Valley Park  MKC
Oving House  AVDC
Pednor House  ChDC
Poundon House
AVDC
Rayners, (formerly Penn School)   WyDC
Richings   SBDC
Rignalls    WyDC 
Savay Farm, Denham   SBDC
St Katharine’s
, Parmoor   WyDC
Stoke Court   SBDC
Stoke Place    SBDC
Tingewick Hall    AVDC
Wavendon House MKC [R]
Wendover Manor    AVDC
Weston Park MKC
Willen Lakes,   MKC 
Winslow Hall   AVDC
Woodlands Park    ChDC
Woodrow High House    ChDC

Cemeteries

Amersham, The Platt  ChDC
Amersham St Mary’s Cemetery
  ChDC
Aylesbury Cemetery
  AVDC
Beaconsfield, Shepherd’s Road  SBDC
Buckingham Cemetery
AVDC
Chesham Cemetery  ChDC
Dadford Burial Ground   AVDC
Eton (St John) Cemetery  RBWM
Fenny Stratford, Manor Road  MKC
High Wycombe Cemetery
  WyDC
Little Marlow, Fern Lane  WyDC
Marlow Cemetery   WyDC
Newport Pagnell, Ousebank Cemetery  MKC
Stony Stratford, Calverton Road MKC

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