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John Hampden memorial

Faces the Hampden Valley on which he refused to pay Ship Money to King Charles I, which led to the English Civil War (1642-8). The inscription on the monument, which is barely legible, reads "For these lands in Stoke Mandeville, John Hampden was assessed in twenty shillings Ship Money levied by command of the king without authority of law. John Hampden occupied much the same position in the eyes of the people as did his descendant Winston Churchill exactly three centuries later.

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This is a fantastic composition of the monument through the branches with the Spring buds Tom.... i looked up the memorial and i drink to John Hampden for not paying the twenty shillings Ship Moneysmile
John Prior: Thanks Peter, ain't spring great smile
Your photo is really fantastic John. And the story is equally so.
John Prior: This is almost on my doorstep, it is a lovely valley, thanks Elizabeth.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 18 Apr 2012, 06:49
Fascinating John: a fine pice of history which has helped shape these lands
John Prior: Yes indeed Chris, thank you.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 18 Apr 2012, 07:22
Look at where those acts of definace get you, John! What a fabulous memorial for this part of your history.
John Prior: Yes indeed, one wonders if people could muster the energy for real revolution now, thanks Ginnie
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 18 Apr 2012, 08:46
John this is a cracking photo
John Prior: Thanks a lot Vintage a local scene
A pleasing panorama John.
John Prior: Thanks Fred
  • Pedroeric
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Apr 2012, 10:23
Nice to know why its there John superb capture through the branches.
John Prior: Thanks a lot Peter
The gentle hills in the distance look wonderful John. Interesting to read about this monument.
John Prior: A lovely valley, thanks Chad
Very nice picture and lovely colors.
John Prior: A lovely valley, thanks Victoria
The history lesson is news to me, good for John Hampden, and a fine shot of his memorial.
John Prior: Thanks a lot Brian
The John Hampden memorial sits on a stunning site; look at that view! Very interesting to read the history behind it.
John Prior: Thank you Beverly
Very nice John, with the horse chestnut budding!
John Prior: Thanks a lot Martin
  • sherri
  • Germany
  • 18 Apr 2012, 17:48
amazing and wonderful that it remains
Fascinating story and a fine picture John

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