Cromwell Cottage
Link to the English Civil War
These cottages were converted from an old barn belonging to the Lodge which reputedly housed the Earl of Essex and some of his army for six weeks during the English civil war in 1643. The Earl of Essex considered Great Brickhill as strategic due to its high position and proximity to Watling Street. The church towers of Great Brickhill, Little Brickhill and Bow Brickhill provided ideal lookout posts in all directions.
Essex wrote to London on 9 July 1643 from Great Brickhill recommending peace talks. It would seem that had the King attacked Essex whilst he was encamped at Great Brickhill the outcome of the Civil War could have been quite different!
The Parish Council received the application for the barn to be converted to a dwelling in 1967, and in 1968 they listed the barn at the Lodge as a countryside treasure. This was the only entry from Great Brickhill in Buckinghamshires listing of 'Countryside Treasures'.