Missenden & Hazlemere
Missenden & Hazlemere was the ninth edition of Local Directory to be launched in December 2015.
Great Missenden is an affluent village in the Misbourne Valley in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, situated between the towns of Amersham and Wendover. It is located in the heart of The Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The village is celebrated as the home of the late, much-adored children’s author, Roald Dahl, who is buried in the local churchyard. Gipsy House in the village was the author’s home from 1954 until his death in 1990, and still remains in the family. The village dedicated a museum to its iconic resident in 2005 and its quaint, narrow curving High Street of half-timbered and Georgian houses, shops, inns and a 14th century church is often featured on television dramas and shows including Midsomer Murders among others.
Located in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, surrounded by rolling chalk hills, magnificent beech woods and quiet valleys, Great Missenden was also temporarily home to Robert Louis Stevenson, the writer of famous works such as Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. National Cycle Network route 57 goes through the centre of the village and the Chilterns Cycleway is just a few miles away. Wildlife too is varied and interesting. There has been a successful reintroduction of red kites in the area and some of the commons have rare species of orchids and butterflies. Local nature groups run many activities such as pond dipping, badger watching, moth trapping and bird watching.
Hazlemere was a small hamlet in the ancient Desborough Hundred, and the name is recorded as long ago as the 13th century. The crossroads at the centre of the village was originally the meeting point of three different parishes: Penn, Hughenden, and Chepping Wycombe. The original primary industry was farming and in Edwardian times a large proportion of the area was devoted to cherry orchards. Brickmaking was carried out at the Old Kiln and at Oakengrove. A prisoner of war camp was constructed in the grounds of Hazlemere Park during the Second World War. At the end of the war the camp was used as temporary accommodation for refugees from Europe, eventually closing in 1956.
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