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