Thursday 16 May 2013
From 'Queen of Crime' Agatha Christie to Sixties pop icon Dusty Springfield and French President Charles de Gaulle the Chilterns has been home to a huge number of famous, powerful and talented people. A great many other famous figures, from kings and queens to notorious spies and renowned artists, have lived here, and you can read all about them in a new publication from the Chilterns Conservation Board.
Famous People of the Chilterns delves into the fascinating lives of the great, the good and the infamous, and highlights what you can visit today that's connected with them. Read about the blind John Milton dictating Paradise Lost in his Chalfont St. Giles cottage and the glittering parties held by the Rothschilds in their fabulous Chilterns mansions. Picture William Morris, the motor car magnate, whiling away a sleepless night in his home near Nettlebed mending his shoes and the celebrated artist Sir Stanley Spencer trundling round picturesque Cookham with his pyjamas tucked under his suit and his easel balanced on an old pram.
The full colour booklet is illustrated with some stunning images of the Chilterns countryside and many local attractions and features. You'll find some well-known landmarks but also places that are off the beaten trail, and learn quite a few extraordinary facts along the way. At just £4.99 plus postage it's great value.
Copies are also available for purchase by retail outlets - contact the Board for more information.