Stonor, Maidensgrove and Russell's Water
Maidensgrove & Russell's Water are an attractive group
of typical small Chilterns hamlets close to the Buckinghamshire
border, each with its own charm and particular character.
mile or so north-west of Henley-on-Thames the B480 leaves
the A4130 and leads up through a typical Chilterns valley
towards Watlington, passing
through Lower and
Middle Assendon and Stonor on the way. Stonor spreads
along the main road and consists of just a few houses
and cottages and a farm.
Some scenes from the popular TV series Midsomer Murders have been filmed in the village of Stonor.
the hamlet is Stonor
Park, a landscaped deer park, and Stonor House which
has been the home of the Stonor family for more than eight
earliest part of the house dates from the 12th century,
whilst most of the house was built in the 14th century.
Historically Stonor has been a centre of Catholicism and
the Catholic Chapel at Stonor was used continuously through
the Reformation. Nearby is a 'pagan' stone circle. Behind
the main house, there is a walled garden in an Italianate
Stonor a single track lane leads up the hill through Maidensgrove
and Russell's Water and meets the B481 just north of Cookley
Green. The small hamlet of Maidensgrove could easily
be missed as the houses are all off the road, mostly along
a narrow winding lane which ends eventually at a farm
and an entrance to the Warburg
Nature Reserve. Maidensgrove is on the edge of the
large area of common land known as Russell's Water and
The hamlet of Russell's Water too
is on the edge of the large Russell's Water and Maidensgrove
large pond complete with ducks gives Russell's
Water its particular character, quite unusual I think for
a village so high in the Chilterns. The pond featured in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and is where Truly Scrumptious drove her car more than once into the water.