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THE STONE PLAQUE, APRIL COTTAGE

The parish was inclosed in 1790 when the allotment of land was assigned to the rector in lieu of tithes. Under the same act an area known as the Black Ground was awarded to the parish "for use of the poor for firing". In 1844 an Act of Parliament was passed to enable the Rector, Churchwardens and Overseers - Trustees of this land - to sell part of it.

There was a great deal of discontent in the village such that the event was commemorated in stone-work on April Cottage, Church Road, and the inscription reads:

"Bow Brickhill Heath was awarded to the Poor of this parish, 1793; 
an Act of Parliament was obtained to sell it by the Trustees!!! 1844."

 

 THE WAR MEMORIAL

The War Memorial stands at the bottom of Church Road and commemorates those who served and died in two world wars.

Extracts from the Bow Brickhill Parish Council provide us with information about the monument:

1919 - After lengthy discussion it was proposed that the clerk confer with The School Management Committee to fix a War Memorial Tablet to the school wall.  

1920 - The Clerk was instructed to write to the Rural District Council for permission to erect a War Memorial on the green (and also to ask for a finger plate to be affixed directing the road to Woburn Sands).  

1921 - The Rural District Council granted permission to erect the War Memorial on the green; the Parish Council agreed to undertake its care and upkeep.

1968 - The War Memorial was knocked down by an unknown culprit.  A house to house collection raised the 45 required to cover the repair.

After detailed research by Bow Brickhill History Society and permission of the Parish Council in 2016, C J Coleman and W North were added to the list of those who died during the Great War 1914-1918. 

Older photos of the memorial are here and here 

More information on those commemorated on the war memorial may be found here - as a Word document. 

Further information on those whose names are listed can also be found here. Lt Gerald Featherstone Knight's book on his escape can be downloaded here


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This an early picture of the memorial - date unknown - but possibly at its dedication.

An early photograph of a service at  the memorial can be see here


 THE TRIG POINT

The trig point is at the top of the hill on the Woburn Sands side of Church Road, hidden amongst rhododendron bushes.  To find out exactly where, click here 

This trigonometrical station,  is a fixed point used for for surveying.

 

 

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