With the idea of showing how the area has changed, Anna & I spent time photographing certain parts so you could see the comparison between now & “back in the day”.
All old photos are courtesy of “The Way It Was” series of books which you have probably seen but we wanted to put together the now & then so you can see some of the small details that have lasted over the years or have perhaps been added, not to mention buildings that have disappeared altogether.
To get us started here is a couple from Well End & through the village but will also share photos of other parts of Bourne End & into Wooburn Green.
We tried to stand in the same position as the original photographer to capture the difference over the years but as you can appreciate some of the angles would mean standing on a busy road, so we have tried to re-create the view as best we can.
Although it was a beautiful sunny day we have changed the photos in black & white. We will share the photos over the next week or so. See how many original features you can spot & which buildings are still present along with how small trees have grown into mighty oaks!
Hope you enjoy taking a look…. Kaye & Anna (Day)
The ford in Abbotsbrook in 1920’s/1930’s compared to 7th May 2018
The Black Lion, Well End in the 1930’s compared to 7th May 2018
Wargrave House / Chemist’s Shop in approx. 1920 compared to 7th May 2018
Colliass’ shop at Christmas late 1920’s compared to 7th May 2018
Shops on the corner of Wharf Lane in approx. 1910 compared with 7th May 2018
With the possibility of a new local history group, Roger needs to hear from more people who may be interested before going ahead. Please let your friends & family now & get in touch on the email address below. Thanks.
Thanks to Joe, who sent in this story ….
I don’t know if this qualifies as a ghost story but it’s a mystery and true.
When I was a lad in the sixties, I along with my grandma and my dad worked for the boss of one of High Wycombe’s furniture firms. He lived in a large house in Well End next door to the old chapel. The name of the house was Vine Leigh House but I’m not sure if it’s still called that. Dad was the gardener, grandma was the housekeeper and I cleaned the large Alvis car every Sunday morning and helped my dad with the garden.
One day when the family were on holiday my Grandma showed me around the house and pointed out the cellar under the kitchen. Halfway up the staircase was an alcove in which there was an urn and a letter. She told me that she didn’t know what was in the urn or the letter but that they should never leave the house.
I often wondered about it & a few years ago my son became friendly with a girl who lived in that house. I told him the story and he mentioned it to her dad who promptly showed him the articles. Still no explanation. They no longer live there.
There was a story that a tunnel led from the old Abbey in Abbotsbrook to the house but I don’t think it has ever been proved. The house is very old so there maybe some truth in it.
I wonder if the current owner of Vine Leigh House is reading this. Both Joe & I would love to know if the urn & letter are still there, along with any information about the story behind it.