Chiltern Society PhotoGroup

The busy roundabout at the junction of the A40 and A355. The building on the left was originally a lodge to Wilton Park. The Du Pre family owned Wilton Park from the 1770s until it was taken over by the War Office in the 1940s for use as a prisoner of war camp. The main London Road used to pass through Wilton Park until the Du Pres had it diverted along what is in 2007 the A40. The old road still leads into the park, not to the mansion, sadly demolished in the 1960s, but to the Ministry of Defence's language school. In quieter times the junction had a triangular green with splendid white painted seats where residents could watch the world go by whilst the only signs were wooden finger-posts.
Author: J Harrison