Naphill

<p">According to records, at one time Naphill was just a clearing in the woods, a bolt hole for petty criminals, and the Common was a stop on the drovers' route from the west. Today, approached by a very steep winding hill from Hughenden Valley, it consists of a long main road high on a ridge which, until the 1940s, was bordered by hedgerows, orchards, fields and a few cottages and houses. Since Bomber Command (now Strike Command) settled at the north western end of the village, bringing an increase of traffic and houses, these natural boundaries have been replaced by pavements, brick walls and constant house building. But on either side footpaths abound, leading to a wealth of scenery — meadows, cornfields and beechwoods carpeted with bluebells in spring and in autumn a riot of colour.

 

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Memories of Naphill

There were eight in my family, four boys and four girls, and we lived in a tiny cottage at Naphill. There was no piped water and if it was a dry summer and the water failed, we had to fetch it with a yoke and buckets from the farm.

My father was a brick-maker and was often up day and night firing and baking the bricks. When this happened, we children took his meals to him and sometimes he built a little brick oven out in the open where we cooked potatoes, sitting around eating them with him.

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Notes on Naphill (Kelly's)

Naphill, from Kelly’s Directories 1903.

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Notes on Naphill (Sheahan)

Description of Naphill from J. J. Sheahan, 1861.

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