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    Church of St Peter and St Paul

    by spidermiss Updated Apr 14, 2014
    Church of St Peter and St Paul, Great Missenden
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    A church has always occupied the site since the 12th Century though the current one has been present since the 1500-1600s. During the 19th Century the church had undergone extensions and renovations. The church is on a hill and is accessed by a bridge over the bypass. Roald Dahl is buried at this church and his gravestone is found there. Further information about the history and architecture of the church can be found on their website

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    The Roald Dahl Museum

    by spidermiss Updated Apr 14, 2014
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    The museum opened in 2005 to dedicate Roald Dahl's career as a writer and also Great Missenden was where he spent rest of life since 1954 and wrote his famous children's books such as Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Big Friendly Giant, James and the Giant Peach and so forth.

    The museum celebrates his life from when he was a young boy to a fully accomplished author. In the museum one can see his inside his Writing Hut which he had in his garden. He was inspired to use the village as settings for his stories.

    It cost me 6.60 gbp (March 2014) to visit the museum. I spent around 1-1.5 hours and learnt a lot about Roald Dahl's, I did feel, however, it was geared for children but still informative and fun. There is also a cafe, though busy, and a souvenir shop where I bought some mementos of my visit.

    I learnt some useful facts about Roald Dahl during my visit:

    His father ran a ship broking business in Cardiff
    Lived in Llandaff during his childhood.
    Chocolate taster and writer whilst at school in Repton
    Worked in Tanzania for a Shell Oil Company
    He joined the British Embassy in Washington, USA, to promote the war effort in 1942
    Same height at 'Mrs Twist'
    Critical thinker and was part of a system 'not right'. He learnt to think independently, 'When you're very young, you just swim along with what everyone is doing'.
    After his marriage he wrote in his Writing Hut his best selling children's books: Matilda, Charlie & Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Danny, Champion of the World.

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    The Roald Dahl Village Trail

    by spidermiss Updated Apr 9, 2014
    Roald Dahl's Grave
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    Before visiting the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre I did the village trail of Great Missenden. I began from the railway station (known for "Roald Dahl's Guide to Railway Safety"); passed the library (where Matilda visited regularly while her Mum played bingo in Aylesbury ("Matilda"); and stopped at the post office (the place in receipt of mail of Roald Dahl;s fans).

    Went along the High Street to the end then eventually turned off Church Street then ascended up to Church Lane where Church of St Peter and Paul is where I paid my respects to Roald Dahl. Afterwards, I returned to the High Street where I noticed the former butcher's of Dahl, Crown House (inspired for Sophie's 'norphange' in "The BFG") and the petrol pumps (inspired for "Danny Champion of the World"). On completion of the trail I visited the museum (click onto the link for the tip).

    It's a good introduction to the village of where Roald Dahl lived from 1954 till his death in 1990.

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    Gipsy House Garden

    by SallyM Updated Oct 18, 2013

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    The garden at Gipsy House, the former home of writer Roald Dahl, where he wrote his famous children's stories, is open to the public under the National Gardens Scheme on a few afternoons (2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.) during the summer.

    As well as the attractive gardens themselves, you can see the hut where Dahl actually did his writing, and there is a 'children's maze', where the paving slabs have quotations from Dahl's writing, such as "Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow? I live with my brat, in a high-rise flat, so how in the world would I know?"

    Refreshments are available, with proceeds going to the Roald Dahl charitable foundation.

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    Walking in the Chilterns

    by SallyM Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    View of Coombe Hill and Chequers estate

    There are lots of public footpaths around for walking in the local countryside.

    You can buy a detailed footpath map from the Chiltern Society http://www.chilternsociety.org.uk/, or you can download guided walks leaflets from Buckinghamshire County Council website:
    http://www.buckscc.gov.uk/rights_of_way/recreational_routes/index.stm

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    Steam Rally

    by SallyM Written Feb 24, 2009

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    Prestwood Steam Rally

    A steam rally is held in the nearby village of Prestwood on the first weekend in July every year. You can see beautifully preserved historic steam engines (from huge traction engines like the one in the picture to miniature engines with rides for children) and often there is a classic car rally as well.

    The downside is that in the week or so before the event there are periodic traffic jams, whilst a traction engine slowly climbs the hill from Great Missenden.

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    Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

    by SallyM Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    This museum is partly about the life of Roald Dahl, and partly about the process of creative writing.

    There are lots of interactive things to do, from dressing up as a Dahl character to making a stop-frame animation film.

    Watch out for the chocolate doors - they even SMELL of chocolate!

    Refreshments, including snozzcumber sandwiches, are available at Cafe Twit.

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    Roald Dahl

    by leeshegal Written Mar 21, 2004

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    One thing that Great Missenden does have is the home of Roald Dahl. If you come during the summer months, there is a small fair/festival, and the Roald Dahl gardens around the house are open to the public, soif you were a fan of his, then this would be a great oppourtunity. If you want more information on this, just e-mail me, and i can give you the date for this years open day :-)

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