Regional History

Early Modern Life and People in the Hill Top Settlement of Prestwood

Anne Holmes has kindly shared with us her dissertation, done in 2010-2011, in connection with her Postgraduate Diploma in Genealogical Studies, on the history of Prestwood in the  sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Please note that the copyright of this dissertation belongs to the author under the terms of the United Kingdom Copyright Acts as qualified by University of Strathclyde Regulation 3.50. Due acknowledgement must always be made of the use of any material contained in, or derived from, this dissertation.  Anne has deposited a copy at Local Studies in Aylesbury.

Anne tells us: “I  have also completed written projects on the history of Prestwood in the late nineteenth century, again copies of the written work being deposited at Aylesbury Local Studies.  In some ways the research I did for this project is ongoing as I’m still finding odd bits of information on Prestwood history from the period I studied.”

“One recent find that I wished I could have included in the dissertation is that the first Quaker women’s monthly meeting of the Upperside of Buckinghamshire group was held at a house in Prestwood in 1678. The well known Quaker figure Thomas Ellwood presided over the Upperside Meetings and the women’s monthly meeting was a new creation within the movement in the late 1670s.”

You can download a copy of Anne Holmes Prestwood History Dissertation here. Please ensure that you contact Anne if you wish to reuse any of the materials in this work.

Anne is happy to receive any queries about this historical information on Prestwood via the Contact Us link.


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