Images of post war com­mu­nity in ru­ral Bucks

We’ve been raid­ing the Mir­ror­pix ar­chives again and dis­cov­ered some fab­u­lous images of life in our Buck­ing­hamshire vil­lages in the years just af­ter the Sec­ond World War. We would love to see any images you may have or hear your mem­o­ries.

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THE Sec­ond World War was over and Bri­tain started re­cov­er­ing. The late 1940s were a time of re­build­ing and look­ing to the fu­ture. Although th­ese pho­to­graphs of towns and vil­lages in our area look as though they are from a more peace­ful age, the late 1940s was a pe­riod of much progress – the first in­ter­na­tional flight flew from Heathrow Air­port on Jan­uary 1 1946 – it’s des­ti­na­tion was Buenos Aires – and the air­port opened fully to civil­ians in May that year.

Pic­tured right are mem­bers of the Chal­font St Giles Women’s In­sti­tute on a bright sum­mer day in July 1949.

It was taken by a staff pho­tog­ra­pher from the Daily Mir­ror.

The cap­tion reads: “Tired of see­ing home­grown fruit and veg­eta­bles go­ing to waste, vol­un­teer mem­bers of the Chal­font, St Giles Women’s In­sti­tute are run­ning this stall, open to all com­ers. Women with sur­plus pro­duce take it to the stall, where housewives with­out gar­dens buy it ea­gerly. In­sti­tute mem­bers club to­gether to buy can­ning ma­chin­ery to keep some of the fruit for win­ter. July 1949.”

It sounds re­mark­ably like a fore­run­ner to the food fayres and farm­ers mar­kets that have been get­ting ever more popular over the last few years. It just goes to show what a for­ward-think­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion the Women’s In­sti­tute is.

Be­low are two pic­tures which show peo­ple and an­i­mals en­joy­ing our fine coun­try­side. The young man and his dog are by the river­side at Che­nies and the horserider and her steed are out and about in the bracken around Bea­cons­field.

Fi­nally we have two views of Den­ham: Vil­lage Road look­ing pos­i­tively bustling and show­ing The Green Man and The Swan Inn pubs and three lads look­ing at a map fur­ther along the road. Both were taken in 1945. Do you re­mem­ber the area in the 1904s? Are you in one of the pic­tures? Get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

And if you have pho­to­graphs or me­mora­bilia you’d like to share with us, call Debby Thomp­son on 01483 508918 or email debby.thomp­son@trin­i­tymir­ror.com.

Fresh from the gar­den, mem­bers of Chal­font St Giles Women’s In­sti­tute man a pro­duce stall in the vil­lage

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