In the picture-postcard village of Long Crendon, the courthouse is a beautiful timber-framed building from the 15th century. The ground floor, which is now inhabited and not open for viewing, was used as a poorhouse, while the upstairs portion of the house was the venue for annual meetings of the manorial court, which all the tenants of the manor had to attend. The court dealt with minor offences such as brewing without a licence, selling bad food and the transfer of tenancies. Downstairs, at one end of the building, was a kitchen where a feast was prepared after the annual court sitting, which normally took place in Whitsun week. The courthouse was the second property to be acquired by the National Trust in 1900 following a campaign by the vicar. There is an exhibition on the history of Long Crendon inside. The courthouse is reached via very steep stairs.
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Buckinghamshire is a land of glorious beech trees, wide views and imposing country houses. Victorian Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli savoured the peace and tranquillity of Hughenden Manor, while generations of statesmen have entertained world leaders at Chequers, the Prime Minister’s rural retreat. Stowe and Waddesdon Manor are fine examples of even grander houses, set amid sumptuous gardens and dignified parkland.
The Vale of Aylesbury is a vast playground for leisure seekers with around 1,000 miles (1,609km) of paths and tracks to explore. Rising above it are the Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty covering 308sq miles (798sq km). They are best appreciated in autumn, when the leaves turn from dark green to deep brown. In the southeast corner of the Chilterns lie the woodland rides of Burnham Beeches, another haven for ramblers and wildlife lovers. Although the county’s history is long and eventful, it’s also associated with events within living memory. At Bletchley Park, more than 10,000 people worked in complete secrecy to try and bring a swift conclusion to World War II. Further south, an otherwise unremarkable stretch of railway line was made infamous by the Great Train Robbery in the summer of 1963.
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