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Preserving the history & heritage of Woburn Sands and Aspley Heath, with archive photos, family history data and fascinating stories from the past.


I hope you enjoy my site and find something of interest. I would welcome any feedback you may have. It was launched at the end of February 2006.

The Woburn Sands Collection is a private collection of artefacts, postcards and documents about Woburn Sands and Aspley Heath, which I have collected since 1989. Where photos or information have come from another source, it is attributed to the copyright owner. You may use any of my own text for private study or personal use, but if used online or in print please indicate that this website was the original source. Please check with the attributed owner before using any information other than my own.

If you have any questions about the history of the district, the people, the buildings, or the items shown on this site, I will endeavour to help if I can, or direct you to someone who may know. Please remember this is my hobby only, and answers may take some time. If you have researched a local topic or family, and would like to share your findings, please contact me. I am looking for new features.

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I am looking to acquire the following items. Please contact me on the e-mail above.

Any postcards of WOBURN SANDS, ASPLEY HEATH, WAVENDON or WALTON, or of other local places if they come from shops or photographers in Woburn Sands. These could be postcards from photographer Robert Cheetham, who embossed the lower corner of cards "RACheetham". Postcards from Bathurst's Pharmacy (or Pharmacutical Chemist). Postcards from Pikesley of Woburn Sands, or Gregory Sandpine (or Sanpine) cards.

Any bottles or pots marked WOBURN SANDS, ASPLEY GUISE, WAVENDON, or "DOWN & NEEDHAM", and also any stoneware flagons from the other towns that make up modern-day Milton Keynes, e.g. Bletchley, Fenny Stratford, Newport Pagnell, Wolverton, Stony Stratford etc.

Original books (not modern 'print-on-demand' copies) by Jeremiah Wiffen of Woburn, George Castleden of Woburn, or Rev. John Fisher of Wavendon, as well as guide books to the local district

Frosted glass painted with views of Woburn Sands. Other souvenir chinaware with local views on, but not the plain Woburn Sands crested china. Sorry, but I have enough now!

1st, 2nd, or 3rd edition O.S. of 6-inch or 25-inch to a mile sheets, covering Woburn Sands, Aspley Heath and Wavendon.

Bill heads, Newspapers, Deeds, Auction programmes, Auction plans, Photos, Posters, or anything else pertaining to Woburn Sands, Wavendon and Aspley Heath.

General history

This page will give a very brief overview of the history of our village, with some notable dates and events from the past. Whilst not a complete history, it will provide you with some background notes.

Woburn Sands stands in the north-east corner of Buckinghamshire, just outside the south east corner of the new city of Milton Keynes. Roughly, it stands with Bow Brickhill to the west and Wavendon to the north (both also in Bucks) and Aspley Guise to the east and Woburn to south, (both in Bedfordshire). How it came to be there, why it is called what it is called, and how it has developed is a complicated story!

There is history all around in Woburn Sands. As with everywhere else on this island, people have lived, worked, fought and died on most of its soil at one time or another, and even before man, far larger creatures stalked the vicinity. According to "A History of our District" by Aspley Heath School Historical Society, 1931, some vertebrae bones of a plesiosaurus were found in a Woburn Sands garden, and other dinosaur bones have been found in local clay pits. There are some excellent examples of other local finds in the Cowper Museum at Olney.

That page is a gallop through some of the main points of Woburn Sands’ history. Hopefully, it will provide some reference material as you explore the rest of this site.

I began collecting items when I was researching The Fir Tree public house, which my parents then ran, an interest which developed into delving into all aspects of Woburn Sands and Aspley Heath history. Along the way, I have made some great friends, published a couple of books, and learned far more about history than several frustrated teachers could ever instil into me! I hope you enjoy the site. I will be adding more whenever I can.

Paul Cox