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The River Chess passes below Latimer House, a mansion on the hill on the edge of the village, was once a home of members of the Cavendish family who became the barons Chesham. The Third Baron Chesham was a commander in the Boer War. The original Elizabethan house where Charles I was imprisoned in 1647 and Charles II took refuge before fleeing abroad was gutted by fire in the 1830s and the present red brick Tudor style mansion was built in 1863. It was visited by Gladstone and Disraeli and was the home of the British military's Joint Service Defence College during the twentieth century. During World War II, it was one of three stately homes where captured German U-boat submarine crews and Luftwaffe pilots were initially held before being transferred to conventional POW camps. It is now a conference centre and conference facilities and accommodation buildings have been constructed in the grounds.

comments (13)

  • Frances
  • United States
  • 8 Mar 2013, 01:19
Beautiful winter landscape John! The narrative is very interesting and rich with history.
John Prior: Thank you Frances
  • Tony
  • UK
  • 8 Mar 2013, 01:29
Lovely crisp image. Subtle colours and a nice composition.
John Prior: Thanks a lot Tony
Very serene. Thanks for all the history!!
John Prior: Thanks Elizabeth, a quick web search illuminates even very local history.
A lovely gentle landscape John
John Prior: Thanks Bill, this was on Tuesday, what a difference today.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Mar 2013, 06:52
Doesn't this look a marvellous place to be on a sunny day John. I regret I have never heard of the River Chess before
John Prior: The Chess is one of the more reliable chalk streams that gives Chesham its name. This was on Tuesday, before hint of spring was withdrawn as punishment for bad behaviour.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 8 Mar 2013, 06:52
Wonderful landscape
John Prior: Thanks a lot Vintage
Truly stunning John.
John Prior: Thank you Sally
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 8 Mar 2013, 07:25
I can just imagine a conference setting there, John. Oh my. I'd love to go there for a retreat!
John Prior: It is in a lovely location.
A nice relaxing view to look at while conferring.
John Prior: Yes indeed Mary smile
  • Chad
  • where latitude and longitude meet
  • 8 Mar 2013, 11:25
I am glad that we treated our prisoner guests to the finest that England can offer. I wonder if this was some psychological game to try and 'turn' them.
John Prior: A bit good cop, bad cop perhaps smile
This is rather splendid John, a beautiful landscape!
John Prior: Thanks Fred
What a magnificent landscape, it must be lovely to walk through there.
John Prior: Very nice location and village with river walks. The house is owned by De Vere Venues
first rate shot. thank you for the history bit.

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