|The blue rectangle behind The Quadrant, astride Hughenden Road and|
Wycombe Way, represents where the homestead was located. The blue broken
line is approximately the route of the carriage drive directly from
Marshalswick Lane to the house and yard.
|From the 1879 OS map COURTESY HALS|
Marshalswick Farm, also known as Wheeler's Farm according to early maps, has not been part of the geography since the early 1950s. It was taken over for Nash's site office, returned to temporary accommodation during the Second World War, before once again housing a site office for a short time. There are fortunately a few people who recall the group of buildings which formed the farm, although not at its best, having not been an operational agricultural hub since the 1930s.
The aerial photo can be used to illustrate the location of the house, facing west across its formal gardens, towards what is now Sherwood Avenue, then an occupational track. Access to the yard and barns was via what to us is the little roundabout linking Marshalswick Lane and The Ridgeway. The surviving trees in the Quadrant car park grew in the home paddock between the house and the ponds by the lane.
|From the 1924 OS map COURTESY HALS|
Inside, water was drawn from a well, and, being remote, it was never connected to the gas supply, let alone electricity. Oil lamps were used until the day the last occupier left.
Maybe that is one reason why Thomas Wheeler [no name connection] selected this farm to try his luck in stealing property in 1880. Unfortunately, in finding the tenant, Edward Anstee, he bludgeoned his victim to death. The story is well-known and Wheeler was apprehended shortly afterwards.
|View of Marshalswick Farm by Jane Marten. COURTESY HERITAGE ENGLAND|
While Jane Marten has left an evocative illustration of the homestead, it remains the only picture of it I have come across. Though it survived until after World War Two, no photographs appear to have surfaced. It would be wonderful if, in someone's collection, there was a photograph, or perhaps a painting of Wheeler's Farm homestead. What a find that would be.