The Coleshill History Group was inaugurated in January 2010. The group was formed to continue and expand the work of the Coleshill History Project which produced the book A History of Coleshill published in November 2009.

The group exists to encourage the study of all branches of local history, paying special attention to the collection, preservation, and compilation of records relating to the history of Coleshill and its surroundings.

The group holds meetings six times a year with occasional guest speakers. All villagers are members of the History Group. Do ask for details if you are interested.

News - Autumn 2017

If you’ve never walked down the stony path that leads to it from Tower Road, you may never have seen Brickwick. The house dates from the early 1800s and was originally three separate 2-up 2-down dwellings. Its name seems to relate to a farm where brick-earth could be found.

The current owners, siblings Alan and Julia Goodwin, kindly hosted a “walkabout” in July by members of the History Group, over 20 of whom crammed into the tiny main cottage to hear Alan talk about his family’s connection with Brickwick, going back almost a hundred years. We toured the lovely sloping gardens and marvelled at the number and varieties of fruit trees and we admired the view across the fields down to Old Amersham and beyond.

During the First World War, Belgian refugees were housed there and one, Gerard Portielje, made some sketches which have survived:

1915BrickWickByGerardPortielje

Alan told us how in the old days there was a famous Brickwick donkey, which used to trek up the paths to Coleshill from Amersham with heavy loads, in a journey that took an hour and a half – three times longer than merely on foot! Of course we all wanted to know how they manage to get goods up and down the path, which is steep and can often be muddy. Even a grand piano has been managed in the past!

We are so grateful to the Goodwins for their wonderful hospitality and for sharing with us their obvious enthusiasm and love for this house.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, 28th September,at 8pm, when Julian Hunt is coming back to talk to us again –his topic will be Marlow and the River Trade. And on Monday, 13th November (NB not a Thursday this time), Stuart King, a local craftsman, will be delivering a special talk on The History of Chairmaking in High Wycombe. Look out for posters nearer the time.
Penny Ware

 

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