|West Wycombe Village c1928|
Romans were proved to have lived in a village at West Wycombe over fifteen hundred years ago. But modern National Trust history begins in the 1930s and is set to continue into eternity as their role description reads: to protect historic houses and places, opening them up "for ever, for everyone".
During the Wall Street crash of 1929 the Dashwood family sold the village to the Royal Society of Arts which rescued most of it from demolition. After five years of extensive repair work and 'reconditioning' they handed the village over to the National Trust in 1934.
For the uninitiated, the National Trust owns both the West Wycombe Village (most of it) and the West Wycombe Park, a 45 acre property with the large golden ball on the hill and a yellow ochre mansion home inhabited by the Dashwood family for over 300 years.
|West Wycombe hill|
|West Wycombe landmark, the gold ball|
West Wycombe Village was the first whole village acquired by the National Trust. It is a rare, intact example of an ancient working village developed from a staging post along the old ‘coaching route’ from London to Oxford, now the busy A40.
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