Radnage

Radnage is an ancient village, set on the edge of the Chiltern hills.
The church on its picturesque site dates from 1120. The mural paintings are 13th century. The list of rectors dates from 1231. There is a charity of land and investments which brings in an income of approximately £5,000 a year: a third to the church, a third to the church school and a third to the village people.

In the past the main occupations were wood turning and farming. Today it is just farming. Beating the bounds is a tradition still carried out, as is maypole dancing at the school.

The village still retains some old oak beamed and thatched cottages, old country lanes, beechwoods and miles of footpaths.

It is reputed that the ghost of a highwayman goes along the old coach road from London to Oxford and has been sighted in Bottom Road, Radnage, which was part of that road. A ghost in the early 1900s proved to be one of the rector's daughters wrapped in a sheet. She was eventually caught by the local lads.

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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