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Bradshaw’s Guide


The inhabitants are principally engaged in the corn trade, some in agricultural tool making, and others in making windows, chairs, bricks, &c. Is interesting historically as the place where King Charles I. tried to negotiate with Parliament in 1645. It was also occupied by Oliver Cromwell, in 1647 — the Crown Inn replacing the old one where he held his head quarters.

In the vicinity are Swakeley’s (1½ mile), and a short walk beyond is Harefield, frequently visited by Milton; and crossing the Colne to Chalfont St. Giles, may be seen the house where I the blind bard wrote ins “Paradise Regained,” — returning by Denham, so well described by Davy, in his “Salmonia.”

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Places nearby

  • Berkshire : Reading

    Reading is situated on two small eminences, whose gentle declivities fall into a pleasant vale, through which the branches of the Kennet flow till they unite with the Thames at the extremity of the town.

  • Berkshire : Windsor

    The seat of her majesty the Queen, and of her ancestors from the period of the Conquest. Eton College also is within a short distance.

  • Hertfordshire : St. Albans

    This ancient town of Herts, should be visited for its venerable abbey church, and that of St. Michael’s, which contains an excellent full-length statue of Lord Bacon.