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Bradshaw’s Guide


The inhabitants are principally engaged in the corn trade, some in agricultural tool making, and others in making windows, chairs, bricks, &c. Is interesting historically as the place where King Charles I. tried to negotiate with Parliament in 1645. It was also occupied by Oliver Cromwell, in 1647 – the Crown Inn replacing the old one where he held his head quarters.

In the vicinity are Swakeley’s (1½ mile), and a short walk beyond is Harefield, frequently visited by Milton; and crossing the Colne to Chalfont St. Giles, may be seen the house where I the blind bard wrote ins “Paradise Regained,” – returning by Denham, so well described by Davy, in his “Salmonia.”

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