Worminghall

Worminghall is situated on the border of Buckinghamshire, its near neighbours being Oakley, Ickford and Waterperry.
The oldest building is the church, dedicated to St Peter and Paul. It stands in a field and is approached across a cattle grid which makes it both unusual and in wintertime, somewhat inconvenient. Architecturally, the church is a mixture of 12th, 13 th and 14th century styles. It was repaired and restored substantially in the 19th century, mainly financed by the family of Lord Clifden, who held the Manor at that time.
It is in memory of Henry King, Bishop of Chichester, that the Almshouses at the junction of The Avenue with Clifden Road were built by his son John King in 1675. Originally they housed six poor single men and four women, who received 3s 3d a week, a ton of coal at Christmas and the Bread Charity every Sunday with extra bread on Good Friday and at Easter. The men received coats, and the women dresses in alternate years. In the middle of this century, the interiors were modernised and they now comprise six dwellings. The charities are no longer maintained.

The Clifden Arms on the south west edge of the village, is an exceptionally picturesque black and white 16th century pub. The Clifden is becoming increasingly popular as a village meeting place. It hosts the fete which is held on a date as near as possible to the feast of St Peter and Paul, which was originally Worminghal’s Feast Day. The market day has long since been completely lost.
In the Second World War, Worminghall was invaded by the Royal Air Force based on the airfield adjacent to the village, flying Wellington bombers. After the war, the empty buildings were taken over by people needing homes and some of the descendants of these people were rehoused in the village and are now, of course, totally absorbed into the village. They still talk about the school bus 'going up the camp' as it used to pick up the children living in the old airfield buildings. The airfield reverted to being a farm, and its runways stored hundreds of British Leyland cars awaiting dispatch all over the world in the 1960s.

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