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DO YOU REMEMBER: A 1930s view of a famous Chalfonts cottage

 Published on: 13th March 2023   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

This month’s historical photo comes directly from 1933, and depicts an important historical landmark in Chalfont St Giles, Milton Cottage.

It is named after the renowned poet and intellectual John Milton, who came to the cottage with his wife in 1665 to escape the Plague in London.

Though the writer lived in the cottage for less than a year, it was here that he completed his renowned epic poem, Paradise Lost. This work, featuring more than 10,000 lines of verse, elevated himto the status of one of history’s finest poets.

Today, the cottage is a Grade I listed building dedicated to Milton and exists as a museum of his work. It is the only former residence of his that still stands, and has frequently been visited by British royalty, including Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III.

Do you have any historical photos of The Chalfonts or Gerrards Cross? If so, please send them to us at and they could feature in a future edition of the magazine.

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