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

Drayton Beauchamp

Fingest: Berryfield

Great Missenden: ‘Hillcrest’

Hambledon: Hambledon Place

High Wycombe

Kimble Rectory

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.

Bucks WLA Mentmore Towers hostel group photo
Group photo of Land Girls at WLA Mentmore Towers hostel.

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]

Stoke Mandeville brick hutment WLA hostel in Buckinghamshire. The swan is a traditional emblem of the county of Buckinghamshire.

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