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Victorian Walk


Mary & Margaret Bunyan,
at Bunyan’s corner.

A Victorian Project for the pupils of St Paul’s School

Getting around in Chipperfield in early Victorian times

If the newly crowned Queen Victoria had wanted to visit Chipperfield in 1837, she could have travelled on the train with open carriages to the newly opened station at Boxmoor, Hemel Hempstead.
From there she would have gone by horse and carriage to Chipperfield.
Of course the roads would have been very rough and surfaced with compacted flints.
Having come up Vicarage Lane and along Langley Road and Chapel Croft, she would have turned left at the Royal Oak and driven up THE STREET, which was the main street of Chipperfield.

walk (4)Remember that all these roads were very narrow and only wide enough for one carriage. It would have been most unusual for two carriages to meet. The majority of people walked or rode a horse if they could afford one.

At the crossroads, the Queen would have had to drive straight on because there was only a very rough track in front of the Two Brewers. Perhaps she could have gone to stay at Pingelsgate House, which did not become the Manor House until 1850

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Terry Trayton

What a wonderful idea this project is. It involves children in a practical way by getting them involved in their local history. I can see a huge amount of research has gone into this and I have learned a lot from it. I am not a local person myself but I often visit Chipperfield and, with a friend, I take country walks in the area. I purchased my present vehicle from a local garage and often buy bedding plants from a local nursery so I suppose I can claim some connection with the village. I congratulate all the young pupils involved in this project and wish them a very successful future. Well done!!

July 11, 2011

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