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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 will be working 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 involved 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 is discovering a wealth of information about each site, and once their reports on each site are completed they are published here on our website. Hard copies are only provided to the property’s owners, Buckinghamshire Council planning department and the Historic Environment Register and The Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies. 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
SBDC – South Bucks District Council
WyDC – Wycombe District Council

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. 

Addington Manor   AVDC
Alderbourne Manor   SBDC
Alscot Lodge
Aylesbury Cemetery  AVDC
Barton Hartshorn   AVDC
Baylis Park, Slough  SlBC
Bekonscot ChDC  
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
Wavendon House MKC
Wendover Manor    AVDC
Weston Park MKC 
Willen Lakes,   MKC 
Winslow Hall   AVDC
Woodlands Park    ChDC
Woodrow High House    ChDC

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