Pitsone Green farm museum
photos and details from website
The farm, as you see it today, was largely built by the Countess of Bridgewater
and is unusual in that it has been occupied by the Hawkins family since 1808,
before most of the farm was built in 1830. It was built close to the site of
earlier farms one of the old buildings still remain to this day. Most prominent
of these is the Big Barn, a section of which dates from the 17th century and was
transported to the site when the farm was built in the first half of the 19th century.
The Pitstone Local History Society was formed in 1963, later to become the Pitstone
& Ivinghoe Museum Society. Inspired by David Wray,they began collecting almost
anything associated with farming and rural life in the locality. The collection
was initially housed at Don Levy's Vicarage Farm, Ivinghoe but then moved to
Pitstone Green Farm when further space was needed.
In 1991 a 99 year lease on the 1831 farm was granted to the Pitstone Local History
Society (now Pitstone & Ivinghoe Museum Society) by Jeff Hawkins , the then owner of
the farm. On the death of Jeff Hawkins in 2001, Pitstone Green Farm was gifted to the
National Trust and forms part of the Ashridge Estate. The Ashridge Estate comprises
5000 acres of beautiful countryside ranging from magnificent woods, commons, downland
and farmland which support a rich variety of wildlife, including carpets of bluebells
in spring, rare butterflies in summer and the fallow deer rut in autumn.
The Bridgewater Monument, Pitstone Windmill and Pitstone Green Museum provide insights into the people connected with the Estates past. For more information about what is on at Ashridge and places to see and visit, please see the National Trust website:
The museum is always looking for volunteers to join a small band of dedicated helpers
who work at the museum on a regular basis. If you would like to help you would be
very welcome and you would find the work rewarding and interesting. All help is welcome,
from volunteers to help on the Museum Open Days to those that provide help in a practical
way i.e. simple cleaning or painting jobs to expertise in building, carpentry , creating displays etc.
If you would like to offer your services please contact the Museum manager:-
Pitstone Green Farm Museum
Rural and domestic bygones, farm machinery, local archaeology and craf demonstrations, stationary engines
Bucks LU7 9EY
Tel 01582 605464