Finmere History Newsletters: Second Series (2000-02)
The Finmere Record

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1 Who Robbed Warren Farm?  After a series of terrifying robberies, Joseph Buswell and John Marriott were arrested and tried at Oxford Assizes. There were transported to Australia for 20 years, but were they guilty?  PDF
2 The Little Belgian Refugees. The Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, has not—as far as we know—visited Finmere. But Agatha Christie’s diminutive and fastidious hero has helped us solve the mystery of Finmere’s “little Belgian refugees".  PDF
3 Death of a Duchess. One of the more curious entries in Finmere’s Parish Registers is a note of the death in 1670 of Henrietta Anne, Duchess of Orleans by Rector Richard Horn. We examine whether there is a link between Finmere and the Duchess. The newsletter also reports on the connections between Finmere and Selborne in Hampshire, and on our progress with the Millennium History.
4 A Case of Child Murder? Crime, child abuse, theft and violence were more common than many local history books acknowledge and infanticide was a common problem in Victori4an England. In this newsletter, we tell Mary Merrick’s story. She was sent to Oxford for trial after the body of her newborn child was found in a Finmere field and an inquest jury returned a verdict of murder.
5 Millennium History and James Bond. At last the Millennium History is published! Also an article on the time when a James Bond film crew came to Finmere to film a screen set in Japan. PDF
6 The Symes-Thompsons of Finmere House. The story of the family of doctors that lived at Finmere House from the 1890s to 1960s. PDF
7 Finmere at the Grand National. The story of a special train from Finmere to Aintree in 1936. We also return to a popular topic of discussion, the weather, which in 1881 stopped the trains. PDF
8 Jubilee Special: Of Monarch and Trees. A look at Finmere Park; a Jubilee walk through green fields to explore it; and the story of two of Finmere's commemorative trees. (Correction)   PDF