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THE HUCKELLS IN THE KIMBLES

The Huckell family lived in the "Kimbles" area of Buckinghamshire, England until 1858 when they emigrated to Canada. This page outlines where they lived prior to that date.



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1- Marsh Hamlet, Benjamin Huckell (1781-1841) lived here with his wife Sarah (1791-1856). They were farmers. Benjamin and possibly Sarah are buried in the St. Nicholas churchyard in Great Kimble. They had one son, also named Benjamin. At the time of the 1841 Census he was not living on the farm with them.

2-  Great Kimble,  Location of St. Nicholas, the parish church  for Great Kimble parish. The William Reading family also lived here and most of William's family is buried here. William's daughter Ann married Benjamin Huckell (1822-1896) here in 1843. All of the British-born children of Benjamin and Ann Huckell were christened there between 1843 and 1855. The town itself sits at the base of the Chiltern Hills.

3- Round Hill Farm, Benjamin and Ann lived here with their family from 1843 until about 1848. Benjamin Jr (1843), Thomas (1845), Sarah (1846) and William(1847) were born there.

4- Horsenden, The family lived here until about 1852, working on the Horsenden Manor farm. Born here were John (1849) and Elizabeth (1851)

5- Wendover, The last town in England that the Huckells lived in. Benjamin worked as a miller. Children born here were Lucy (1853) and Joseph (1855).



The Kimbles
The Kimbles are a group of villages to the south of Aylesbury in the county of Buckinghamshire, that sit at the foot of the Chiltern Hills. The three villages are called Great Kimble, Little Kimble and Kimble Wick. Their name comes from Cymbeline (also known as Cunobelin) who was once King of the Catuvellauni, an ancient Celtic tribe of pre-Roman Britain. Written about by William Shakespeare in his tragedy of the same name, Cymbeline was able to successfully stave off the planned Roman invasion of Britain led by Emporer Caligula by supporting the fiercely anti-Roman Druids and offering refuge to exiled fighters from Romanised Gaul.It is believed that earthworks found on the nearby Beacon Hill that separates the Kimbles from Chequers were the foundations of a hillfort built during the reign of Cymbeline; coins bearing his name have been found in archaeological digs in the area. The three villages are respectively named for "The Greater village of Cymbeline", "The Lesser village of Cymbeline", and "The Settlement of Cymbeline".



Marsh, Buckinghamshire
Marsh is a hamlet in the parish of Great Kimble in Buckinghamshire, England. Formerly a parish in its own right it was annexed into the parish of Great Kimble in the late medieval period when its manor was purchased by Lord Hampden (ancestor of John Hampden) who was also the lord of Great Kimble manor. The hamlet name comes from the surname Marshall; this was the name of the man who owned the manor in the Twelfth century. In the English Civil War it was reputed that King Charles I of England spent some time in hiding in the pub in the hamlet. Today the hamlet is just a small collection of houses, a pub and a couple of farms. The name Marsh is also given to the nearby Marsh Level Crossing on the railway line that runs from Princes Risborough to Aylesbury.


Chiltern Hills
The Chiltern Hills is a chalk escarpment that stretches in a south-west to north-east diagonal across several counties of southern England, but is most prominent in Buckinghamshire. The ridge overlooks the Vale of Aylesbury, and approximately coincides with the southernmost extent of the ice sheet during the last Ice Age.
Its highest point is at Coombe Hill near Wendover. A prominent hill is the nearby Ivinghoe Beacon, the starting point of the Icknield Way and The Ridgeway long distance path, which follows the line of the Chilterns for many miles to the west, where they merge with the Wiltshire downs and southern Cotswolds. To the east of Ivinghoe Beacon is Dunstable Downs, a steep section of the Chiltern scarp that is the site of the famous London Gliding Club and Whipsnade Zoo.

The more gently sloping country to the south of the Chiltern scarp is also generally referred to as The Chilterns, containing much Beech woodland and many pretty villages. Due to the quality hardwood, the area was once renowned for its chair making industry, centred on the town of High Wycombe


Wendover
Wendover is a picturesque market town that sits at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, England. The mainly arable parish is 5,832 acres in size and boasts many hamlets that nestle in amongst the lush forest on the surrounding hills. The town name is of Brythonic origin and means "white waters", pertaining to the stream that rises in the adjacent hills and flows through the middle of the town, bringing chalk deposits on its way. The parish church of St Mary sits outside the town to the east on the hillside: a feature that is very common among towns with strong Celtic origins. The town was once the home of Anne Boleyn whose father held the manor of Aylesbury among his many estates. There is still a row of houses in the town today, known as Anne Boleyn's Cottages.

Today the town is very popular with commuters for London and thus it is a very expensive area in which to live. The popularity is due partly to the town's close proximity to London by road, partly to the railway station in the town on the Aylesbury branch line of the Great Western Railway, and partly because it is so picturesque. The property value has risen dramatically in recent years since the completion of the Wendover Bypass. The town is home to racing driver Jackie Stewart and actor David Jason and is a popular stopping off point for the Prime Minister due to its proximity to Chequers.