Iver & Iver Heath

Iver is recorded in the Domesday Book (Yfer - the word meaning a steep slope) but the first mention of Iver Heath (Everheth) seems to be about 1365. It was a sparsely populated area criss-crossed with many tracks and footpaths. Dick Turpin is reputed to have roamed the Heath.
The people eked out a precarious living from agriculture, and life must have been very hard for them. There was once a Workhouse perhaps an indication of just how hard the times were.

Our church, St Margarets, was built about 1862, and is a very beautiful building that blends into the countryside and did a great deal towards uplifting the people of the area at that time.

Over the years more and more people have come to live in the area and modern roads and improved transport have all contributed towards its growth. The famous Pinewood Studios where all the James Bond films have been produced, and which boasts the biggest studio in the world is within our borders, also Black Park where outdoor filming often takes place. The latter is also the venue for the South Bucks Agricultural Show which takes place annually.
Iver Heath W.I. was founded in 1920 and has flourished and grown since that time playing an active role in the village. During the Second World War they made meat pies under the National Pie Scheme — these pies were sold for Vid. profit each. Another wartime activity was canning fruit and vegetables — the Institute owned the canning machine which could be used by people for a small payment.

Our new Village Hall was completed in 1966 with a grant from Bucks County Council and voluntary donations of many sorts. One fund raising activity was selling bricks for 1/- each, and this raised hundreds of pounds - if you bought a brick your name was on it! The Hall was officially declared open by Lord and Lady Drumalbyn.

New motorways, a mixed blessing, have given us easy access to other parts of the country and the M25 has actually removed quite a lot of the heavy traffic which thundered past a lot of houses for many years, so progress is not always bad.

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