HOSE already living in the village of Chalfont St Peter (and indeed those on our books aspiring to do so), may not have come to the village in search of riches but may well have heard of a valuable hoard found nearby.
The ‘Chalfont hoard’ is the name given by the British Museum to a remarkable find of Roman coins in a field not far from the Trevor Kent office – remember Gerrards Cross was part of Chalfont St Peter and even Gerrards Cross Common was once known as Chalfont Heath!
To get back to the hoard however, The Romans occupied our area for about 400 years from 43AD to 410AD. The British Museum estimates that the four pots (housing some 6682 coins) were buried in about 120AD and thus lay undisturbed for 1800 years until, in 1989 they were unearthed in a local field, where that field may be is still a closely guarded secret! The rarest of the coins are on show in The British Museum, the lesser ones in the Buckinghamshire County Museum.
Chalfont St Peter, as the local road signs proudly proclaim, is an ancient village and features in The Doomsday Book of 1086.Then known as ‘Celfunde’ (pronounced Chel-foon-day it is believed) it claimed woodland for 600 pigs and ‘good hawking’!
There were 14 villagers, four smallholders and two slaves in 20 households. Remarkably, now with nearly 13,500 residents, it is one of the largest ‘villages’ in the United Kingdom.
As with my last piece about local royal connections, featuring St Huberts in Gerrards Cross paying court to King Edward V11 when Prince of Wales, Chalfont St Peter played its part too by hosting hunting parties for King George 111 in the late 18th century.
The activity was based at Newland Park (close to today’s fascinating Chiltern Open Air Museum and well worth a visit), where the King was reputed to have got lost after a sudden fog came down (up Rickmansworth Lane way) and a local yokel came to his aid.
Homes in Chalfont St Peter are much sought after and thankfully there are more than 20 to chose from at the moment and, with a family history in the village dating back 150 years,Trevor Kent Estate Agents may well be able to source the one that suits you best, maybe even with a pot of gold at the bottom of the garden.
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