Information for Locals

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A Short History
Stampwell Farm, Beaconsfield, is one of England’s ancient farms. From the Saxon era the Stamp family built their farm, barns and threshing floor around the fresh water of the well. It served the markets of London for hundreds of years, becoming a major producer of plums and cherries into the twentieth century.
Recent years have not been so kind: neglect, vandalism and debts have led to Stampwell Farm becoming derelict, the C17th and C18th buildings dilapidated, and the orchards returned to a wild beauty after fires ravaged them and the plums self-seeded.

Stampwell Farm has now been purchased by Latimer Minster – a Church of England church, a community who want to return this beautiful place to its fullest potential: a vibrant farm with market gardens, orchards, sports fields, wild land and tithe barns which will one day serve the public once again.

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Public Access and Rights of Way
Stampwell is mostly derelict and we plan to rebuild it using traditional methods, community volunteers, and professional partners. We acknowledge these private fields have long been enjoyed by the public, but during this period we would ask you to please stick to the marked paths, for four reasons:

1. Primarily, for the safety of you and your animals. The buildings are unsafe and the land is pitted with a number of real hazards. You are at risk when straying from the paths.

2. To allow us space to restore the buildings and land. We will be using heavy machinery and traditional pest-clearing tools. As with all building sites the land is, therefore, strictly out of bounds.

3. To protect what’s here. The plum orchard is of historical interest, and requires professional farming to revive it from its current point of demise. Also, we have already begun the archeological and historical search for Artefacts of Interest, with some early success. Increased foot traffic reduces the chance of finding these artefacts and saving the orchard.

4. As a charity we have a number of succesful projects working with local schools and community groups. These groups include vulnerable children and adults, and our Child Protection Policy requires us to provide a safe and secure area within which to alow vulnerable groups to work and play.

For the reasons above we hope you will support us we strictly enforce the public rights of way.

There are two paths running through the acres managed by Latimer Minster. These are shown on the map above, in red. One is an ancient bridleway, which runs parallel to the A40 and passes through two woods, and the other is a footpath which comes up the main drive and heads towards Seer Green and Jordans over the railway.

We have marked the public paths with red posts. Please could all walkers and their animals keep to these rights of way.

All deliveries and visitors must report to the Estate Office.

For Further Information, to volunteer, or to become part of Stampwell’s story, please email rector@latimerminster.org, or phone 0300 303 8800.

For updates on the building work you can visit hartleyandson.com/stampwell, or follow us on twitter (@ buildexcellence & @latimerminster), facebook (/buildingexcellence or /latimerminster) or on pinterest.com

 

 

Recent updates & news from Stampwell Farm:

Update June 2013: Repairs to the orchard fences are now finished and are now out of bounds. For information about fruit picking and permissive paths, please subscribe to our newsletter.

Update Feb 2013: Work to repair fences across the estate has begun, ahead of livestock being put out to pasture. Please bare with us, and continue to stick to the marked paths, thank you.

Update Nov 2012: We are disappointed that our fences and pegs marking the public footpath have been vandalised. The police are investigating and anyone with information should call 101. We are discussing our options with the council, which may include shutting the footpath or erecting permanent fences.
Update Oct 2012: The footpath gate by the A40 will be shut on 31st October whilst we repair the surface. Thank you for your patience.
Update Oct 2012: Christmas Service announced by Latimer Minster for 16th December. The service will be held at the Farm’s new chapel in the morning (for families) and in the evening (for a candlelit serice). Please join them if you wish to see the farm in some of its restored glory.
Update Oct 2012: Thank you to the persons who reported the quad bikes on site. The riders were given fines by the police.
Update Oct 2012: Due to recent burglaries CCTV has now been installed on site. If you see anything suspicious please call the Police on 101. In an emergency call 999.

 

Rector Frog Orr-Ewing, Latimer Minster


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