The history of Coombe Hill, Low Scrubs and Pulpit Hill

The countryside of the Chiltern Hills is steeped in history, ranging from Iron Age Hill Forts, to Elizabethan mansions, and areas of common woodland where the poor could collect fuel. Here you can explore the history of three of the National Trust's properties between Wendover and Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire

View from Coombe Hill

The history of Coombe Hill

The majority of Coombe Hill was once part of the Chequers Estate. It was presented to the National Trust by the United Kingdom government when they were given the Estate in the 1920s.

Low Scrubs trees

The history of Low Scrubs

For many centuries, perhaps dating back to Anglo-Saxon times, Low Scrubs was part of common woodland where anyone could collect fuel. This usage continued until the Second World War. The National Trust bought Low Scrubs from the Ellesborough Charities in 1985.

Pulpit Hill Iron Age enclosure

The history of Pulpit Hill Iron Age Hill Fort

The small Iron Age hill fort at Pulpit Hill consists of pronounced ditches and earthworks standing on a steep sided natural spur, which once commanded extensive views across the Vale of Aylesbury, although today the fort and the views are largely obscured by trees, particularly in the summer months.