Roald Dahl’s Village


On a recent trip to England, we went to visit some old friends who live near Great Missenden.   I must admit I had never heard of the place, but was pleasantly surprised to read that it was the village where Roald Dahl lived for 36 years (he is buried in the local cemetery), and it was here in the village that he wrote all of his childrens books, and many of them are set in and around the village.

With such an interesting place on our journey, we just had to go there, and I was only sorry that my grandchildren were not with me to enjoy the stroll around the village.

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is on the High Street, we didn’t manage to go inside as it had closed for the day, but we got some leaflets and followed the village trail.

My first two pictures show the museum, which is a grade 2 listed building, and inside is an interactive museum, along with  the Writing Hut where he wrote all his books, Cafe Twit, and a bookshop.

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‘It is swizzfiggingly flushbunkingly gloriumptious’

We also saw the Great Missenden Library where Matilda visited while her mum went off to play bingo  (or so the book says!), and the Post Office used to get hundreds of sacks of mail every year from fans all over the world, up to Roald Dahl’s death in 1970.

The Post Office

The Post Office

Across the road is a sweet shop, now sadly empty, but even the name comes straight out of one of his books!  Araminta Fizzackerly, where are you now!

The Sweet Shop

The Sweet Shop

We saw the petrol pumps, which were the inspiration for the garage in ‘Danny the Champion of the World  and a few doors away is the butchers, where he loved to shop, and he also loved to cook, does anyone have a copy of ‘Roald Dahl’s Cookbook’, I think it would be an interesting read., I am off  to Amazon to check out if they have it.

The Petrol Pumps, also on the High Street

The Petrol Pumps, also on the High Street

More of the buildings on the High Street

More of the buildings on the High Street

The Museum

The Museum

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19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. tric
    Mar 12, 2014 @ 23:39:41

    Loved reading this post. I’ve been fascinated by Roald Dahl for years. Great photos.

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  2. teamgloria
    Mar 13, 2014 @ 00:29:11

    Gosh.
    Took us right back to our childhood and Visits and Mr Dahl.
    Do you know his granddaughter Sophie ‘ s books? She writes beautifully too.
    Lovely post!

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  3. Roy McCarthy
    Mar 13, 2014 @ 07:52:40

    Nice post Joan. One of England’s little gems. Why anyone would want to leave the British Isles on holiday – apart from the weather – is beyond me.

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  4. joanfrankham
    Jan 20, 2016 @ 11:46:22

    Reblogged this on Retirement and beyond and commented:

    I think it’s time for another visit to this interesting village.

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  5. Lynz Real Cooking
    Jan 20, 2016 @ 12:41:50

    What a lovely post and the pictures are so beautiful! Sounds like an interesting place to visit!

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  6. ksbeth
    Jan 20, 2016 @ 12:48:22

    i’m so happy to see this, thank you for reposting it for those of us who missed it the first time )

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