Monday, 12 July 2021

Donkey Lane Community Orchard - Who lived there 180 years ago?

The first full population census, taken in 1841, tells us who lived in the three cottages on the land now known as Donkey Lane Community Orchard. It shows us 31 names from the six families living there, which is hard to imagine when you look at the site now. All six were renting from the owner, Joseph Allnut.

The census taker worked from the High Street towards Chinnor Hill and our knowledge of who lived in which cottage is based on a presumption that he continued uphill to follow the dwellings in order. The lane was then called Holland Lane. (Donkey Lane is a later and never an official name.)

In the top cottage, nearest Chinnor Hill, lived the Bishops and the Ways. The Bishop family were Jacob (45) and his wife Ann with daughters Sushannah/Susan (19) and Martha (16). Jacob was an agricultural labourer, probably on one of the local farms. He was born in Oakley in 1796: Oakley then was a separate settlement from Chinnor, connected by a road between heath and fields. He married Ann Keen from Bledlow when he was 25.  Read more... 

Thursday, 8 July 2021

Activities at the Orchard w/c 12th July

Wow, looks like it's going to be a busy week at the Orchard...

Tuesday 13th July 2021 | Orchard Survey Group |11:00 am at the orchard - to review survey quadrats and other areas of the orchard.

Wednesday 14th July 2021 | The Orchard Story Group meeting | 3:00 pm - to discuss the social history and other 'stories' of the orchard via Zoom. 

Thursday 15th July 2021 | Donkey Lane Community Orchard Meeting - to discuss ongoing activity at the orchard 7:30 pm via Zoom. 

Saturday 17th July  | Working Party |  Donkey Lane Community Orchard 13:00 - 16:00. All welcome, Please wear suitable clothing and footwear.

If you'd like attend any of these events please email Linda at and the details will be sent to you.

Tuesday, 15 June 2021

Donkey Lane Community Orchard Meetings

For those of you who are interested in the Donkey Lane Community Orchard, we have two meetings this week which you are welcome to attend. Both meetings are via Zoom, details below.

Wednesday 16th June 3:00 pm The Orchard Story Group - to discuss social history and other 'stories' of the orchard. 

Thursday 17th June 7:30 pm Donkey Lane Community Orchard meeting - to discuss ongoing activity at the orchard.  

Email for the link if you are interested in attending.