VILLAGE & COUNTRY LIFE .

Ivinghoe and Pitstone are typical Buckinghamshire villages in many ways

but they also have something unique about them. For the first half of

the 20th century, Mrs Roberts, the wife of the Brewery owner dominated

Ivinghoe. She organised everything from the WI to the Amateur Operatic

group. Pitstone was included in these activities on sufferance. Their

pride was in the cricket team and the quality of the allotments.

Most people worked as farm labourers and Pitstone Green Farm was an

important employer. Extra money was earned 'in season' by fruit picking.

The local plum, often known as the Aylesbury Prune, was a very popular

fruit up to the Second World War and fruit was sent to all the big

cities by railway and by road carrier.

From the 1930ís till recently, life in both villages was dominated

by the cement works, run for many years by The Tunnel Portland

Cement Co Ltd, (known locally as Tunnel Cement ) which gave work

over the years to many local people. Life became a constant battle

with dust on windows and cars but still there was some sadness when

the chimneys came down and the villages returned to a more rural

atmosphere in the year 2000.

The Pitstone and Ivinghoe Museum Society has a large collection

of photographs of early farming and village life in its archives,

these being available to researchers and individuals having an interest

in the locality. Many of these are shown in this room with a collection

of garments from earlier years. The picture shows one page of a rather

beautiful postcard album dating from the early years of the 20th century.

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