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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUCKS PROPERTY -

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.

Email: mail@trevorkent.com; tel: 01753 885522.

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