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Pitstone

Just a few minutes’ drive from Tring station and with beautiful countryside on the doorstep, Pitstone offers a rural life with great connections to the surrounding towns and villages. Adjacent to historic Ivinghoe, with which it shares a school and football club, Pitstone has recently increased in size with the newly created Castlemead development bringing lots of new housing.

Local information

Transport

Cheddington (2.0 miles)

Tring (2.3 miles)

Berkhamsted (5.9 miles)

Leighton Buzzard (6.0 miles)

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The area in depth

As near to Tring station as Tring station is to Tring, this Buckinghamshire village is close to the borders of Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire and located on the edge of the Chiltern Hills.

Pitstone has a general store, village hall, church, recreation ground and well-regarded Indian restaurant. You also don’t need to go far for a dining experience with the renowned and historic Kings Head in the adjoining village of Ivinghoe.

Pitstone Wharf on the Grand Union Canal has a waterside café and narrow boat trips along the waterway. There is also the delightful Pitstone Green Museum that chronicles the local agricultural history. Open to the public just 9 or 10 days each year, the museum is housed in repurposed Victorian farm buildings.

Walking around Pitstone it is impossible to miss that you are in the middle of the countryside with large fields and paddocks beside the roads and some 5,000 acres of National Trust land close by, where Pitstone Windmill and Ivinghoe Beacon can be found.

Despite this rural setting, road and rail connections are excellent. The A41 at Tring that has a dual carriageway direct to the M25 (J20), while Tring mainline station is only 5 minutes drive from the centre of the village and has regular, direct trains taking around 40 minutes to reach London Euston. The train line and roads also make light work of getting around, with the lovely boutiques and coffee shops of Berkhamsted and Tring complemented by the larger towns of Hemel Hempstead and Aylesbury with their shopping centres, department stores, cinemas and leisure facilities.

Excellent schooling includes Brookmead, the local primary school, located on the Pitstone/Ivinghoe border and catering for children aged 4 to 11. The village falls within the Grammar Schools catchment area in Aylesbury.

Pitstone’s name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'Picel's thorn tree' – so Pit’s Tone, not Pit Stone. In 1290 King Edward I spent a five week long Christmas in the village, during which time he held parliament in nearby Ashridge and caused substantial inconvenience to the local villagers who, back then, had a legal obligation to keep the king and his court.

In Victorian times, the civil parish of Pitstone (when the village was basically just the stretch of houses along Marsworth Road), was noted for its elongated nature by John Marius Wilson and described in a gazetteer as "7 miles in length and 1 in breadth”.

There were two separate but substantial stages of new housing development that significantly increased the local population: one in the 1960s and another in the early 21st century.

A beautiful and unmissable local landmark is Pitstone Windmill. Dating back at least 1627 – the date is carved in the paintwork and is the oldest date inscribed on any windmill in Britain – the mill ground flour for hundreds of years that was grown in the neighbouring villages. Damaged by a huge gale in1902, the mill was donated to the National Trust in 1937. Only in 1963 did restoration works begin, by a group of local volunteers and at their own expense. Today the mill is open to the public on Sundays during the summer.

  • Capture a photo of the sunset at Pitstone Windmill
  • Explore Pitstone Green Museum, and learn how farmers worked the land in days gone by
  • Enjoy dinner at table at The Kings Head in nearby Ivinghoe, and try the Aylesbury duckling – delicious!
  • Visit Tring Museum and find out how one man built a world-leading private collection
  • Take a stroll around College Lake, a thriving nature reserve that boasts more than 1,000 different wildlife species

In the centre of the village you’ll find rows of little flat-fronted Victorian workers cottages along Cheddington Road, with more along Marsworth Road accompanied by some larger semi-detached houses of the same period. In the 1960s and 1970s the village expanded to the north with avenues and cul-de-sacs of family homes and bungalows. In the last 15 years, further expansion to the south has created the new neighbourhood of Castlemead with a mixture of traditionally styled modern houses.

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