'We are the Prestwood nitwits . . .' This saying underlies the belief that this was a community with more than its fair share of 'simpletons'. Until the coming of the railway to Great Missenden in 1892, the people lived in houses straggled and isolated on top of their hill, and there was much inter-marriage.

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Notes of Prestwood

Description of Prestwood from J.J. Sheahan, 1861


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