In 2012 the book Great Horwood Past & Present was published. The brainchild of our late friend, Monica Jones, the book was the culmination of a co-operative, community project to produce 'A Book For The Village'. It was written by Great Horwood people about Great Horwood people both past and present. The authors decided to use the proceeds of book sales to set up this website so that people from Great Horwood, Singleborough and beyond may continue to explore our past and share our memories.
The website is a work in progress. It includes most of the content that was published in Great Horwood Past & Present and we shall be adding material that we were unable to include in the book due to lack of space. We also plan to continue to add new articles, memories and photos and to learn more about our shared heritage. We hope to include a forum so that anyone who would like to contribute their own reminiscences will be able to do so easily.
We hope that you will enjoy exploring our website. You will find a wide range of articles written by a variety of village volunteers and plenty of photos.
We are extremely grateful to everyone who contributed photographs for Great Horwood Past & Present. Thank you especially to Richard Edmans, David Moore, Rita Essam and Ron Unwin and the Wolverton & District Archaeological & Historical Society who provided most of the historical photos.
We have used most of the same photos as well as several additional ones on this website. We very much hope that all contributors are happy for us to do this. Most of the photos do not include any acknowledgement of who provided them because we are not entirely sure who contributed each one. If you see any photos that you know you contributed and you would like an acknowledgement to be included with them, please contact us and we shall be very glad to add one. Also, if you see a photo that you know is yours but you do not wish it to be included on the website please contact us and we shall remove it.
Get Involved There are plenty of ways that you can get involved with the Great Horwood History website. Most importantly, we'd love to be able to share your memories about the village, whether you have lived, visited or worked here. If you would like to email your reminiscences to us, please do so using the contact form. We would love to hear from anyone who would be happy to meet with those members of the community who would like to share their memories verbally. In the interests of everyone's personal safety, we don't want to send volunteers to the homes of people who don't know them but, if we get enough volunteers, we should be able to team interviewers up with interviewees they know or interview groups of friends or relatives together. If you would like to help record people's spoken memories, please contact us.
Please contact us if you would like to write or contribute to an article on this website. We'd welcome further information or personal memories about any of the subjects already included in the website and we'd be thrilled to receive articles about subjects we haven't covered yet. Perhaps you have researched the history of your house; maybe research into your family tree has brought you to Great Horwood. We'd be delighted if you would allow us to share your discoveries on this website.
Articles will be subject to editing for spelling, grammar and content but we won't make any significant changes to your work without consulting you.
Rules of Use or Reproduction of Website Content
You are welcome to use the material you find here for your own interest and personal research (e.g. school projects) but please remember that the copyright of each article or photo remains with the author. If you refer to or quote any of the articles you find on this website in your own publications, please remember to reference the author and piece of work.
We regret that you are not permitted to copy or publish any of the photographs that are marked as belonging to private collections or institutions. We are very grateful to have been granted special permission to display these photographs for all to see on this website and we shall have to remove them if we find that any of them have been reproduced illegally.
Failure to follow either of these two rules would be an infringement of copyright, which may result in legal action being taken against you.