I have lived in Great Missenden area all of my life.
I have added some history of Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire
Great Missenden is a large village in the valley of the River Misbourne in the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire between Amersham and Wendover. It closely adjoins the villages of Little Missenden and Prestwood.
Little Kingshill was where I was first brought up. There used to be a garage in Great Kingshill which, has now been turned into houses.
The narrow High Street is bypassed by the main A413 London to Aylesbury Road. The source of the Misbourne is to be found just north of the village, although the upper reach of the river runs only in winter and the perennial head is in Little Missenden.
Great Missenden lay on a major route between the Midlands and London and several coaching inns, particularly the Red Lion (now estate agents) and The George (which still exists) but has just closed this month. It used to provide rest and refreshment for travelers and their horses. The first railway line in the area was, however, routed alongside the Grand Union Canal to the east. Once the coaches stopped running Great Missenden declined in importance and prosperity, becoming an agricultural village. Following the arrival of the London Underground Metropolitan Line in 1892, Great Missenden became a commuter village for London with writers, entertainers and even Prime Ministers (chequers) among the passengers. Great Missenden railway station is now on the Chiltern Railways line and offers services running into London Marylebone.
The village is overlooked by the medieval parish church of St. Peter and St. Paul. Its position away from the village suggests an earlier settlement around the church with a move to its present location in the early Middle Ages. In the twelfth century, Great Missenden was granted a charter allowing it to hold an annual Fair in August. The fair hasn’t been held for many years, Missenden Abbey, founded in 1133 as an Augustinian monastery, was ruined following the Dissolution of the Monasteries, and the remains were incorporated into a Georgian mansion which is now a conference centre.
Gipsy House in Great Missenden was the home of author Roald Dahl until his death in 1990, and many local scenes and characters are reflected in his work. Roald Dahl is buried at Saint Peter & Saint Pauls Church and children still leave toys and flowers at his grave. Great Missenden was also temporarily home to Robert Louis Stevenson, the writer of the world famous book Treasure Island, and is currently home to actor Geoffrey Palmer, and his wife Sally.
In June 2005 the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre opened in Great Missenden to honor the work of Roald Dahl.
The village is home to the Gateway School, Great Missenden Church of England Combined School and The Misbourne secondary school.
The White Lion in the high street is being converted into a wine bar and should be open spring/summer 2009.
The below photograph was taken in Great Missenden High Street last year with a model.