Seer Green

The village is situated amid the leafiest lanes in south Bucks, but on a map made in Norman times it is shown as a hamlet called 'Sere'.
Legend says that Merlin, King Arthur's seer, rested here on his journeys to and from Camelot. There is a well in the village which  still bears his name, and it was here that the villagers came to consult him about the future - hence the name 'Seer Green'. History tells us that Edward, the Black Prince, built a lodge here, and he and his courtiers hunted the deer which abounded in the surrounding forests of beech, oak and elm. The lodge, now named Hall Place, is still a well preserved place of residence.

A lady, who was born and has lived all her life in Seer Green can remember when in the centre of the village there was a large cherry orchard from which the fruit was harvested and taken to London by horse and van. Each year a festival was held for which housewives made cherry pies in the shape of a small pasty, and these were cooked by the local baker, Mr Lofty, in the large bread ovens. People came from many miles for this event and Seer Green became known as the cherry pie village. In recent years a Cherry Pie Fayre has been held at the local school at which cherry pies are still sold. Mr Lofty would also bake Christmas cakes made by the housewives and on Christmas Day would heat his ovens to cook chickens for the festive day.

The village wells were the only source of drinking water and here the men met for a smoke and a chat whilst drawing their daily supplies.

Nearly every house had chickens and perhaps a pig in the back garden and in the autumn children were sent to collect acorns to feed the pigs during the winter.
There was a village 'snob', Mr Loveday, for whom the children would collect boots and shoes to be mended, and deliver them back to their owners — some as far afield as Jordans — for which they were paid the princely sum of one penny (old currency) a basket.

Lace making was taught in the Baptist Church Sunday school hall, and the Seer Green pattern became the motif for many beautiful pieces of work.
With the coming of the railway in the 1920s, the village grew in size and the population is now in the region of 3,000.

Article written by members of the Buckinghamshire Federation of Women's Institutes for the publication "The Buckinghamshire Village Book" (1987) and reproduced here with their permission

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