Saturday 24 January 2015
Volunteers for the Chilterns Commons Project have researched and written the essays in Our Common Heritage. The six essays reflect the diversity of uses that commons provided in a region that was both a major route to London and a hotbed of nonconformity and dissent.
The essays reflect the everyday difficulties of living in a place where the water supply away from the spring-line was insufficient and farming was hard work on soils that were either heavy and stony, or thin and poor. For some, the commons and heaths provided rough grazing and fuel, for others they were a place to stay for a night or two.
Our Common Heritage is available as a free download from the website. Copies are available in every library in and close to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from Reading to Hitchin, and are also held at the local history/local studies centres in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.