Tit Bits

Working Men’s Club, Wooburn Green.

Originally an 18th century house, Alfred Gilbey planned, financed & imagesCABT6JSTremodeled the house in 1879. Alfred Gilbey was a wine merchant who showed incredible kindness to the people of the parish in many ways. Sadly, he passed away of pneumonia suddenly in November 1879 at the age of 46, before the club opened. His son, Alfred Gilbey jnr. opened the club on his behalf.

It is a Grade 11 listed building & reported to be one of the oldest Working Men’s Clubs in the country.

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Bourne End Cinema

The Royalty Cinema opened in 1934 with smartly a dressed manager & staff. The films would transport people away from everyday life to the glamour of Hollywood. Bourne End was one of the last places in Buckinghamshire to have a purpose built cinema.

largePositioned on the corner of Wakeman Road & The Parade, the cinema opened on 1st January 1934 showing the film “I Adore You” starring Margot Graham & “Ex Lady starring Bette Davis. Seating was on a single level with a small stage & a café. It closed on 14th December 1957 with the last film showing, “The King & I” with Yul Brynner. After some redecorating it reopened  on 6th January 1958 but not for long. It finally closed on 30th May 1959 with the last film being “Alias Jesse James” starring Bob Hope.

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Wooburn & Bourne End Parish Council logo

Information gathered from Parish Council website – http://www.wooburnparish.gov.uk

The logo for the Parish Council reveals more than you think. The ring forming ‘Wooburn & Bourne End Parish Council’ has a bishop’s mitre.  The Bishops of Lincoln were influential and built a Palace where Wooburn Manor Park now is.

The two ‘W’ shapes probably represent the river Wye and the eleven rectangles are the mills along its banks that were originally used for grinding corn before their power was harnessed to make paper.

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The most obvious mills are Glory and Soho mills, but did you know the names of the others?  The full complement were:  Soho Mill and Princes Mill (both owned by Thomas, Stephen & Green), Glory Mill, Lower Glory Mill, Hedsor Mill, Eghams Green Mill, Clapton Mills (I) and (II), Jacksons Mill, Lower Mill and Hedge Mill.  Jacksons Mill produced gunpowder during the Civil War.

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