There are many of us who lament the loss of our her­itage, I feel these lit­tle re­minders are a wel­come ad­di­tion to our vil­lage

– Chal­font St Peter Par­ish Coun­cil­lor John Hat­ton

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - by Tom Herbert tom.herbert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

HER­ITAGE plaques have been put up through­out Chal­font St Peter in a bid to raise aware­ness of the vil­lage’s his­tory.

Par­ish coun­cil­lor John Hat­ton said he was in­spired to ini­ti­ate the move af­ter look­ing through books of his­toric post­cards and photographs.

He ap­proached the vil­lage’s Cel­funde In­her­i­tance Group over two years ago but met a num­ber of chal­lenges along the way, such as ma­te­rial, size, de­sign and value for money, among oth­ers.

The ini­tial se­ries of 25, pro­duced in 2012, were in­stalled to form the way points on a Cel­funde In­her­i­tance her­itage walk and be­cause of pop­u­lar­ity a fur­ther 16 plaques have been cre­ated.

The de­sign was the brain­child of Phil Don­ald­son of Clock­work Creative Com­pany, a lo­cal graphic de­sign com­pany.

He said: “When I was first ap­proached by John back in 2011 be­fore the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions I was very ex­cited.

“I love ar­chi­tec­tural his­tory and I had an ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of old photos of the vil­lage my­self – I even live in a house that was built from bricks and tim­bers from Bar­rack Yard when it was de­mol­ished in 1938.

“There are many of us here who lament the loss of our her­itage I feel these lit­tle re­minders are an es­sen­tial and very wel­come ad­di­tion to our vil­lage.”

A small team se­lected photographs from peo­ples’ col­lec­tions and from Au­drey Wheel­band’s book on the vil­lage, some of which were over 100-year­sold.

Mr Don­ald­son de­scribed it as ‘time con­sum­ing, pa­tient work’ and but said he is pleased with how they have turned out.

He added: “I am hon­oured to have been in­volved in a project and I feel rather proud when I see some­one read­ing one of our plaques.”

Mr Hat­ton said that it will take sev­eral months to put all the plaques in place but pointed out that there will be copies of them on dis­play in the par­ish coun­cil tent at Feast Day on Satur­day (June 25).

The plaque project is part of a larger plan to keep the vil­lage’s her­itage alive, and the par­ish coun­cil is also hop­ing to cre­ate a con­ser­va­tion area in part­ner­ship with lo­cal coun­cils.

Mr Hat­ton said: “We feel that res­i­dents, old and new, should have a chance to ap­pre­ci­ate what the vil­lage had once been.

“And we also hope that we might en­cour­age peo­ple to stand up for our her­itage and to try and safe­guard the lit­tle that we have left.”

Then and now: Phil Don­ald­son and John Hat­ton next to the Fairthorpe plaque where the Bud­gens su­per­mar­ket now stands. Right, the Vicarage of the Par­ish Church of St Peter

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