Potsgrove and Battlesden

A History Walk


Sunday 30th October 10am at Potsgrove

Leader Pauline Hey


These two manors have an interesting history,

extensively researched by the late

Dick Denton,

who led several walks to describe his discoveries.

Using his notes, Heath & Reach P3 now

re-create the walk, in his memory.


Sorry, not suitable for dogs*

Distance 3 miles – but takes about 2½ hours

Please wear sturdy shoes or boots

Limited parking at Potsgrove, please car-share if you can.

Donations will be collected for Macmillan Cancer Support, please.

Numbers limited to allow everyone to hear, book to guarantee your place

Contact Pauline on 01525 237754, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To book on this walk on-line, please click here. 



  • Meet at Potsgrove;
  • look at the church (which although redundant is well maintained and has a few interesting features);
  • look briefly at the moated site;
  • walk across the fields (containing sheep) to Battlesden, with a stop on the way to hear some of the history of the two parishes, and the various owners of the Manors of Potsgrove and Battlesden and their interconnections, plus an outline of Joseph Paxton's work at Battlesden and his career elsewhere, and how Battlesden House came to be demolished;
  • walk past what used to be the stable block for Battlesden House (now the summer residence of the Duke of Bedford) to Battlesden church to look at several memorial plaques to various members of the Duncombe family who owned the manor, and the Page-Turners, related by marriage, including some interesting graffiti, and a tomb in the church yard - Dick's role in preserving some oddments of this;
  • walk down the lane, then across a large ploughed field, with a small detour to look at Paxton's lake;
  • then down to the A5 by Battlesden Lodge; walk up the A5 to a footpath near the top of the hill (views of Battlesden church and possibly the lake on the way);
  • cross the field (containing cattle) back to Potsgrove .


*Two churches, fields with livestock and stretch of A5