Well, that and the London express trains on the nearby railway line! Yes, it wasn't completely the rural idyll that you might read about in a story‐book, but it was beautiful none the less.
It was an interesting area to live in, with a yarn store only a few miles away (let's get our priorities right about local attractions shall we), a network of canals nearby and rolling countryside courtesy of the Chiltern Hills.
This is an old village and was mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1068. The Feathers pub there was established in about 1580 and there are many wisteria‐clad cottages dating from the 16th and 17th century.
Another local celebrity is William Penn who was buried in a Quaker cemetery nearby after his return to the UK from the colonies, as they then were. There is a town called Chalfont in Pennsylvania named after Chalfont St Giles and by co‐incidence, we ended up living close to that town when we moved to the USA.
There are several other places with the "Chalfont" name in the area, including the old village of Chalfont St Peter and the newer town of Little Chalfont, which arose with the coming of the railways.
Until next time – Happy Knitting!