Old St. Paul’s Cemetery

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Back at the beginning of April, I took a little trip to Old St. Paul’s Cemetery to check on details for my family tree.  I had been meaning to do this for months but the thought of walking through the overgrown graveyard had put me off but now it has been all cut back to reveal the beauty of this little spot that many drive by every day without noticing it even exists.

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It was a sunny Sunday morning & as I walked past the church, the bells began ringing very loudly, so loudly that I realised you could never get a lay in past 9am on a Sunday if you lived in Wooburn Town but perhaps it’s small price to pay for the priviledge of living in a conservation area.

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I walked around Old St. Paul’s Cemetery with my camera. This always feel wrong but I find it a useful way to record wording on gravestones.  As I strolled around the cemetery I was aware that so many of the family names were familiar to me. It’s the same with Little Marlow & Hedsor (I know, I know… I do hang out in the most odd places these days!) I presume that living in such a beautiful area means that many of us haven’t felt the need to move away.

The cemetery is also a Butterfly Conservation Area, a shame that information board was looking a little tired.

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When reading The Conservation Area Character Survey of Wooburn Town (Yes again, I have some strange hobbies) it was lovely to read the description that Wycombe District Council had written about the area, what a shame Slate Meadow & the old railway line haven’t been protected in this way.

Below is part of the survey & a map of the conservation area.

 “ Wooburn Town is small village on the east bank of the River Wye. It is very much focused on the noble parish church of St. Paul set in it’s own churchyard.…..

……The main road with buildings on it’s west side, only formed in 1922, completes the main triangle of the village plan…..

……The village is a most attractive one & it’s special qualities need to be carefully safeguarded.”

 “The village around the church has long been known locally as The Town & was the seat of the manor of Wooburn Deyncourt or D’Eyncourt. The D’Eyncourt family held the manor from after the Norman Conquest until the 15th century.”

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