Wingrave is a hilltop village 5 miles north east of Aylesbury. It was first mentioned in the 9th century when a chapel was built at Withun's Grove (Withun's Wood). The main part of the original village surrounds the church on top of the hill where there is a pleasant green, a village pond and recreation ground with a splendid view of the Chilterns. The recreation ground was given to the village in 1922 by Lord Dalmeny, afterwards the 6th Lord Rosebery, of nearby Mentmore.

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Memories of Wingrave

In 1895 my Grandfather Jones built a house in Wingrave to serve as a post office as well as a home. Grandmother Jones was the postmistress.

Each morning a postman arrived at the post at 7.30am with the post, having cycled the six miles from Aylesbury. A local person then sorted and delivered the post in Wingrave. The postman cycled a further two miles to the neighbouring village of Aston Abbots to take their post.

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Education Provision 1833

Wingrave with Rowsham Parish (Pop. 783)

One Daily School, endowed with £2 per annum, in which 5 children are instructed.

Two Sunday Schools, in one of which are 89 children of both sexes (commenced 1830), who attend the Established Church; the other (commenced 1819), appertains to Independent Dissenters, consisting of 77 children ; both Schools supported by voluntary contributions.


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