Fab website Gary, keep up the good work! Kathryn
It would be nice to see a drawn map of the village with the names of places and buildings that are mentioned in the various pages.
I’ll have a look and see if that can be incorporated in the overall context of the site.
Gary, Just had a look around and the website is great – thanks and well done!
Thanks John. Sure it could be used in a much more interactive way, but there seems to be a reluctance from the village to engage.
Just had a browse at this after following a lead from the cublington crier. this is really really great! I think it would be a great way of getting articles for the crier. People can write in experiences/ comments about cublington and they can be published in the crier too. Having just bought my first house in Winslow, i think i may write a small article on the cublington life I have been privileged to have had as a parting gift!
Keep up the good work 🙂 Becky x
Thanks Becky – … why you Loved living in Cublington. I’ll look forward to receiving it.
Thank you for a lovely site.
Thanks for that – if anyone has any articles or pictures or items of interest, please send them in. Always looking for content for here or the Crier.
Kingsbridge Picnic Site – After the failure of Stewkley PC to take over the picnic site between Cublington and Stewkley, which is resulting in the AVDC considering closing this site, would it not be apt for the Cublington PC to take on the management of this picnic site for the benefit of public use? Failing this, the site will be sold and we would have lost another amenity in our area where we have so little already.
The web site and photos of the village are great. The hard work with this and the Crier are appreciated by us villagers, we just don’t often take the time to give the encouragement that is so deserved.
Can a date be set for a tidy up of the road sides around the village etc.?
It really is for someone to take the bull by the horns and organise it. In the September Crier there is an article about the Best Kept Village Competition and the village score. Perhaps we can organise something on the back of that?
News from St Nicholas
We hope to have the church gate repaired in the next couple of weeks. Thanks to the Friends of St Nicholas for their and the continued support from the villagers.
The churchyard is looking good and I have made a start on a small meadow project at the rear. I am no expert so any advice and help plus any wild flowers, seed etc would be appreciated. Unfortunately the ash tree has succumbed to the disease reported in the press last year and will need to be cut down also some work on the field maple inside the main gate which suffered damage during the winter storm. Several villagers answered a plea for help and the damaged branch was swiftly removed within hours.
Other projects in the pipe line are a light at the entrance to the main gate. Although we have the floodlights and the path is lit from the church it is still not adequate outside the gate. Sad to report there was a serious accident at an evening service and we will have to address this as a matter of some urgency.
After three years I have at last managed to have the George 11 painting and the Verney monument [which has family connections to Claydon house and Florence Nightingale] considered for a renovation grant. We were visited by conservation officers from Cliveden House National Trust a couple of weeks ago for final assessment by the C OF E conservation organisation.
Re the new porch windows, we should have faculty’s decision later this month and if you haven’t seen Roger’s designs they are on display in the porch.
Finally – a huge thank you for those villagers who have sponsored the floodlights.
Well done Roy for organising and overseeing all these repairs and improvements to the church building and the churchyard.
I know it takes hours of work and perseverance to get any grants and your persistence is amazing.
This is on top of the churchyard clearing, planting, organising mower and floodlight rotas that Roy does.
Thanks Roy you are a star.
Enjoy your website very much and hope to visit the village some day. Some of my Stevens ancestors are buried in the churchyard and I am also a descendant of the Biggs family.
Would like to get a copy of the book by Roy Smith and/or the CD with parish records, which would help with family history.
I am in Canada – my grandfather Percy George Stevens came over in 1910 but his father Eli (married to Bessie Biggs) stayed in the region and the Stevens family operated a farm right in or near the village during the 19th century.
Thanks again for an interesting website.
I will give your contact details to the publishers of the book Cublington Then and Now – it’s a very interesting read.
In connection with genealogy research I have been doing, I found that my great-grandfather (his first wife) and their 2 daughters resided at the Unicorn Inn and Pub at Cublington and they are referenced as living there during the Census of 1881. My great 2x grandfather was born in Aylesbury and moved to Cublington with his family and remained there for many years. My understanding is he was an insurance agent for ships. Albert White (Son of Thomas White of Aylesbury) married Annie and had issue: Ada and Amy White. Annie died either at the Unicorn in (draped across the children’s bed) or a some other residence in Cublington. Albert remarried Minnie Carolina Susan Cheese and from that union of many children, one among them was my grandmother, who married an American fighting for the Canadian forces during WWI, moved to Canada and subsequently immigrated to America. Albert and Minnie (my great grandparents) were first cousins having both shared one set of grandparents: George Rose. Ellen Rose married Thomas White of Whitchurch (he was an ironworker working in wrought iron) and her sister, Elizabeth Rose married William E Cheese of Birmingham, the son of a government official (also named William Cheese). In a later census the son William E Cheese named his position as “Farm Bailiff”
I will publish this in the next village magazine – the Crier as an item of interest.
Locally to Cublington there have been some older houses built in a yellow coloured stone – does anybody know what this stone is called and where its from locally. My client has found it in the foundations of a 200 year old house so is it local?
I have enjoyed reading about the history of Cublington. My interest derives from family historical research. I have discovered that a relative William Tovey was a canon of the Hereford Cathedral in the 1500s and that he held the prebend of the estate of Cublington. Would you have any information concerning William Tovey in your parish records?
Why is there no email address for queries to be addressed directly to the Parish Council? This ‘Contact Us’ link is not suitable for what is expected of it.
No indeed, the Contact Us link is not for queries addressed to the Parish Council it is for village comment, news and views.
If you looked on the site under Parish Council, there is a direct link to the Parish Clerk. The website is funded by the Parish Council, but not run by them.
Hi there, I have been showing my mother your site as she was evacuated to Cublington for 4 years during the war with her sister. She was so delighted looking at the photos as she has always told me what a lovely place it was to live and how different it was from her East End home. She has a great memory and remembers names of villagers, their children and shopkeeper and farmers, most everyone. I will purchase your book to show her. If you have questions please email me and I shall ask her.
Hi Elaine… thanks for your email. What was your mother’s name and I’ll publish your letter in the village magazine and see if it jogs any memories with anyone. Sadly the book was so popular it is currently out of print, but I will pass your details on to the publisher. Kind regards Gary
I have only just realised you replied via this website. Thank you.
My mother was called Eileen Allen and her little sister was called Patricia. She was placed as an evacuee with 2 other sets of 2 sisters the Steven’s who lived in a large house. The other 4 girls left shortly after but my mum and her sister stayed for 4 years. Thank you for replying. I will check back here again.
Message for Gary (Webmaster: Great website. On your Then and Now section you have an old photo of Manor Farm (with horse riders). My ancestors (Biggs and Harris) ran this farm in 1881 and I wondered if you could send me a copy.
Also Lesley Stevens made comment on your site September last year re. Percy George Stevens – he is my 4th cousin. Would you be so kind as to forward my email address to her as I would love to exchange info with her.
Thanks very much for your help Gary.
More ancestry research. I know there were Lees living in Cublington around the mid sixteenth century. There were Lees in Hardwick cum Weedon for four hundred years from the mid sixteenth century.
I am trying to connect the Hardwick Lees, my traceable ancestors, to the Cublington Lees via Francis Lee, lesser known son of Sir Robert (1483) and who was brother of Sir Anthony Lee, (1510) MP and Knight of the Shire for Buckingham.
Info on Ancestry.co fades to nothing and the other Ancestry website have no information on Francis. Only Sir Anthony’s Wikipedia page mentions him.
BTW. The Coat of Arms I have for Sir Robert is a blue horizontal with three black unicorn heads 🙂 Does the name of the pub have anything to do with this?
I will put your info in the Crier village magazine to see if anyone knows anything…
Our Parish records have been transcribed and are held in the archives in Aylesbury.
Prior to the reformation parish records were not obliged to be kept subsequently there is very little information available about the villagers before the late 16th century. All subsequent records except the current ones are held in the archives in Aylesbury. They can be accessed but do not make for easy translation and are time consuming.
Last year our local historian Roy Smith undertook the massive task of transcribing all the Cublington records, a copy has been requested by the archival curator and will be available at the office, which is at the rear of the library. Roy has also committed the records to disc and they can be downloaded on an old hand me down lap-top on request, put in a name and you can readily display 400 years of Cublingtons history, even a record of the murder of a poor widow in the old village. Most of the signatures are of course made by marks even in the late 20th century.
On the website History.. The Unicorn Pub ( High Street) Built orginally, perhaps in the 16th Century but much altered in the 18th…. it says perhaps the pub was built around this time but we have no specific knowledge of how the pub was originally named.
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