Landscaped from the heart of England. Collection of local landscape photographs by 5 local artist and pub lovers. They meet every other week at the Rose & Crown pub in Ivinghoe, where they discuss all sorts of photography and get trashed with local ale! Fantastic :)
Pitstone (formerly Pightelsthorn) is a village and civil parish within the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, England. It is located at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, about seven miles east of Aylesbury and six miles south of Leighton Buzzard. It directly adjoins the village of Ivinghoe, and the two villages share a number of their facilities.
The village name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means ’Picel’s thorn tree’. It was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Pincelestorne.
Pitstone was given to the abbey at Ashridge by the Earl of Cornwall in 1283. In 1290 King Edward I spent Christmas in Pitstone at the estate that had been given to the abbey, and stayed for five weeks, during which time he held parliament in Ashridge. His stay caused great inconvenience to the local inhabitants of the village, who were legally obliged to keep the king and his court.
A notable building nearby is Pitstone Windmill, which is owned by the National Trust. The windmill was formerly capable of rotating to face the prevailing wind, as evidenced by the wheel protruding from one side of the structure. Although it no longer retains this capacity, the wheel remains in place and the pivot point of the windmill is clearly visible.
Pitstone Hill, above the village, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, designated for its botanical interest. The hill is crossed by the Ridgeway National Trail.