The Misbourne flows southwards
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Central area of posh village
Post to the north Chalfont St.Peter
Post to the south Orchehill
dual carriageway was built to bypass the centre of Chalfont St Peter in the
Centre. After the Second World War it was felt that something should be done
for young people returning from it and a tithe barn converted into a meeting place.
The 16th barn was hidden in Swan Bottom Lane and it was then
purchased by the County Council. Swan Bottom Farm was the farm for Chalfont
Park and the land was under development as Chalfont Heights estate; the barn
was in what was to become Sandy Rise. It was completed as a centre by 1946. A
craft room was added in 1958 and a games room in 1964. Other amenities – a
stage, a kitchen – have also been added including outside sports facilities. A
warden’s bungalow was built in the early 1970’s.
St Peter Perhaps rather less interesting and
attractive than the sister village
Subway – this goes under the bypass and links to
Joiner Lane. It has a mosaic decoration done by local young people.
This was recorded at Domesday and is still shown on 19th maps. From 1825 it is described as a silk mill
worked by a water wheel but in the 1850s was a corn mill. Work stopped here in 1881. The mill house is
now part of the outbuildings of the Greyhound
Pub. The building is 16th
with a timber-frame and there is also an 18th part. It was reputedly
built for Judge Jeffreys for use while he was at The Grange.
Pub. This is a 17th timber-framed house, altered later. There is false
timber-framing on the first floor and carriage arch bay plus a 17th brick stack
with 3 flues.
Hart Pub. Said to be haunted by a violin playing former landlord. A 17th
timber framed building with an 18th front.
Another ‘community’ library – i.e. no paid professional staff
149 Bridge House. 19th brick building with modern shop fronts
of St Peter. This was built in 1726 on the site of a medieval church the tower
of which collapsed into the nave in 1708. It has been noted as in bad repair since 1612
and there was subsequent damage from floods and wind. It was rebuilt by 1714 in
a simple style in brick with a west tower and a gallery, since removed. It was altered
by G E Street in 1853 that replaced the windows
and added a mock hammer-beam roof. More work was carried out in the 20th.
The 1714 tower remains and there are some
brasses reset in north wall and many wall monuments. The ceiling was decorated
by C B M Smith in 1966, following the collapse of the roof.
Gates and Railings. cast-iron lattice gate piers topped with open acanthus and
spear head gates from 1800.
British Listed Buildings. Web site.
Chalfont St. Peter. Web site
CSP Web site
Greyhound. Web site
Sense for CSP. Web site
St.Peter’s Church. Web site
White Hart. Web site