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Pitstone, Bucks
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Norfolk12
N 51° 49.920 W 000° 38.640
30U E 662334 N 5744977
Quick Description: A sign in this old village showing the nearby oldest Post windmill,now National Trust Property.
Location: Eastern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 1/19/2011 2:10:16 PM
Waymark Code: WMAJ39
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
Views: 4

Long Description:
The village name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'Picel's thorn tree'. It was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Pincelestorne.

Pitstone was given to the abbey at Ashridge by the Earl of Cornwall in 1283. In 1290 King Edward I spent Christmas in Pitstone at the estate that had been given to the abbey, and stayed for five weeks, during which time he held parliament in Ashridge. His stay caused great inconvenience to the local inhabitants of the village, who were legally obliged to keep the king and his court.

More recently Pitstone was the site of a cement works which closed in the 1990s. The site has now been demolished and has been redeveloped for housing and business use.
The new housing district is named 'Castlemead' (after the Castle Cement Company who were the last operators of the site) and the business area already contains numerous units with construction ongoing.

A notable building nearby is Pitstone Windmill, which is owned by the National Trust. The windmill was formerly capable of rotating to face the prevailing wind, as evidenced by the wheel protruding from one side of the structure. Although it no longer retains this capacity, the wheel remains in place and the pivot point of the windmill is clearly visible.
Location: at the cross roads in the village

Plaque: no

Construction Material: Wooden

Web Address: [Web Link]

Sign Date: Not listed

Occasion Commemorated: Not listed

Artist: Not listed

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