In 2005, as part of the activities to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the designation of the Chilterns as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the Chilterns Conservation Board commissioned the Chiltern Society PhotoGroup to re-take 1930s’ photographs that were published in H J Massingham’s book Chiltern Country. The aim was to show what has changed, and what hasn’t, in the last 75 years.
The photos reproduced here are a selection: they are about half the complete set.
Monochrome photographs were taken pre-1940 and have been copied from H J Massingham's book "Chiltern Country" published by Batsford. Colour photographs were taken from similar viewpoints in 2005-6.