Westcott

Westcott was a small village in the middle of farming land until the beginning of the Second World War, when a large area to the west was taken over by the Air Ministry for use as an airfield and bomber training unit. Some of the gallant men who flew from here and died on active service are buried in the little village churchyard. After the war, the R.A.F. left and since then the establishment has been used for the development of rocket propulsion. The residents of the village have become accustomed to the occasional bang or roar as a rocket engine is fired. It has now been taken over by the Royal Ordnance Factory.
In 1935, a fund was set up to provide a village hall, money being raised through donations and fetes, but before enough was raised the war started and the fund fell dormant. Various attempts were  made after the war to raise more money, but the fund was still far short of the required amount as building and land prices had both soared. It finally proved impossible to reach the desired figure, so the trustees were allowed in 1978 to spend the money on the clearance of an area of common land near to the church and the school for use as a village green and playing field, with swings and other play apparatus for the children of the village.

Until about 1935, the village was served by the Quainton to Brill tramway and many of the older residents have either worked on it, or had relatives who did. The track of the railway can still be traced and the old ticket office and waiting room still stands alongside the station house. Many railway enthusiasts visit Westcott to see and photograph these reminders of a bygone age.

As most of the residents of the village either work at, or have relatives or friends who work at, the Ministry establishment, many use the social and sporting facilities of the establishment for recreational and entertainment activities.



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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