For much of the past year, HBG members have been involved in the HS2 high-speed rail line Impact Assessment project. Because this is a high priority, other group projects rather took a back seat.
Apart from HS2, the Bucks Historic Pubs project was the most active. At the start of the year the tally of historic pubs surveyed was 46. Twelve months and four village surveys later this had more than doubled to 105 with:
Since then a survey from Stewkley in early 2013 has added a further ten. Two more surveys are in progress in Whitchurch and Marsh Gibbon. The results of these surveys are posted on this website, where they can be read on-line or printed as a document.
Why not survey the historic pubs and former pubs of your local parish? The project group have produced a ‘How to get started’ guide. If you're interested, eMail project coordinator Jill Scott or write to her at the BAS Library.
The Great Horwood Village Survey continues, with two 17th-century timber-framed cottages surveyed in the Spring. External surveys for all buildings within and close to the village's Conservation Area are already available on this website, with conclusions from this overall survey in the final stages of writing-up.
A new project, started early in 2013, is a measured survey of West Wycombe's ‘Church Loft’, a key 15th-century meeting house in this historic village. The Society has also agreed to fund a dendro-chronological survey of the building, if the timbers are suitable for this. This HBG project is part of a much larger operation by the National Trust to investigate and refurbish all its properties in West Wycombe, led by NT archaeologist and BAS member Gary Marshall.
All projects by the Historic Buildings Group since 2009 can be found through our projects webpage.
• If you are interested in the county's historic buildings, join the
Historic Buildings Group – and perhaps a survey team – by contacting the group convener,