WLA Hostels: Buckinghamshire
Following this month’s focus on the WLA in Buckinghamshire, WLA historian Stuart Antrobus, has kindly compiled a list of WLA hostels in the county. If you have any more information to add to the list, then please get in touch.
Aylesbury: Grove Farm Hostel & (2nd hostel) 21 Buckingham Street. Opened June 1944. Source: Buckinghamshire Archives
Bletchley: Hutment hostel. Around 40 land girls.
Brill: Temporary hostel
Buckingham: Lillington Lovell, Maids Moreton Road. Max 40 land girls.
Source: Violette Cowley, “Over My Shoulder” & “Buckingham At War’ pp24-26
Chalfont St Giles: Model Farm School
Delaford: Delaford Manor
Great Missenden: ‘Hillcrest’
Hambledon: Hambledon Place
Linslade: Harcourt Hostel, Stoke Road. 30+ Land Girls in terraced house.
Little Hamden: Little Hamden House, Great Missenden. Max 24 land girls. YWCA Warden, Mrs Hardwicke
Mentmore Towers: Lord Rosebery’s estate, November 1942, Land girls accommodated in the North Wing of the mansion.
Slough: Tower House, Chalvery Park, Opened 7th June 1941 by Duchess of Kent (33 land girls initially). 1st Bucks WLA hostel in county, for local market gardens. Formerly a school, Tower House College. Max. 50 land girls. Run by YWCA.
Stoke Madeville: Wendover Road. Hutment behind Strouds Garage, near the County Farm. 26 land girls (from Lancashire).
Source: ‘Buckinghamshire Within Living Memory, p.217.[Bucks Federatiom of WIs, 1993]
Terrick Cross: Near Chequers, the Prime Minister’s weekend home.
Tingewick: Tingewick Manor, Land girls lived upstairs & the family (Gore-Langton) downstairs
Tyringham: Tyringham Stables
Weston Turville: Demonstration farm
White Leaf: ‘Pannels’
Wing, Park Gates
Winslow: ‘The Cottage’ & Winslow Manor