1986 Introduction to Longwick

 This block is primarily a farming     
 area. The main A4129 runs diagonally  
 accross it from N.W. to S.E. roughly  
 parallelled by the Paddington to      
 Birmingham railway line.  The land is 
 low-lying and rather wet and most     
 suitable for arable crops and sheep,  
 and also for a sizeable acreage of    
 market gardening.  Three villages are 
 included, Ilmer, Owlswick, and along  
 the main road, Longwick.  This last   
 village, the largest, grew up on      
 either side of an old drovers road,   
 where originally there had been common
 land bordered by streams north and    
 south, and which may account for its  
 straggling appearance  over two       
 kilometres. There is a large amount of
 through traffic mostly people         
 travelling between the Thame and      
 Princes Risborough districts to the   
 High Wycombe area.                    

Map of the area

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