St Mary Magdalene parish church
|Population||87 (Mid-2010 pop est)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Upper Winchendon or Over Winchendon is a village and civil parish in the Aylesbury Vale District of Buckinghamshire, England. It is about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south of Waddesdon and 4.5 miles (7 km) west of Aylesbury. A mid-air collision on 17 November 2017 between a plane and a helicopter just outside the village was referred to by much of the press as the "Waddesdon Manor air incident".
The name "Winchendon" is derived from the Old English for "hill at a bend". Collectively the villages of Upper Winchendon and Nether Winchendon (or Lower Winchendon) were called Wichendone.
The manor of Upper Winchendon was held by the convent of St Frideswide in Oxford, to whom it was given by King Henry I. After the suppression of the convent in the Dissolution of the Monasteries the manor was given to Cardinal Wolsey, but was seized by the Crown shortly afterwards, in 1530, along with Wolsey's other estates.
In 1623 the manor was granted by the Crown to the Goodwin family, who enlarged the manor house into a mansion. It then passed into the Wharton family, one of whom was made the Duke of Wharton in 1718 for his services to the Crown. He later had all his possessions seized for being a supporter of the Young Pretender (Bonnie Prince Charlie). The house fell into disrepair thereafter and has since been demolished.
In birth order.
On 17 November 2017, a mid-air collision occurred between an aeroplane and a helicopter near Waddesdon Manor, resulting in four deaths, two on each aircraft. The crash happened just outside the Manor grounds, close to the village of Upper Winchendon. The wreckage landed in dense woodland. Emergency services were called at 12:06 GMT. Seven fire vehicles, the Thames Valley air ambulance, two ambulances, and a rapid response vehicle attended.
The crash involved a Cessna 152 registration G-WACG, and a Guimbal Cabri G2 registration G-JAMM, each with two people on board. Both aircraft had come from Wycombe Air Park, 23 miles (37 km) from the crash site. The Cessna had previously been involved in an incident in 1993.
The pilot of the helicopter was Mike Green, an instructor who was training a student pilot at the time. The student pilot was later announced as being a captain in the Vietnamese Army, who was training to become a military flight instructor. The bodies of all four victims were removed from the site on 19 November.
Thames Valley Police stated that the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) had been informed. Military support was provided to assist with recovery of the wreckage of the two aircraft, which was dispatched to the AAIB's headquarters at Farnborough Airport, Hampshire.
A spokesman for the nearby Wycombe Air Park confirmed both aircraft had come from there. A representative of Waddesdon Manor, a large estate near Aylesbury, said the crash happened near the village of Upper Winchendon, a little beyond the manor’s grounds.
Emergency services were called to the site, near Waddesdon Manor, near Aylesbury, at 12:06 GMT
Four people have died … Two people were killed in each aircraft, Thames Valley Police said… [they] cannot see the crash site as the woodland is so dense.
Op basis van een foto van een wrakstuk op de site van de BBC lijkt het verongelukte vliegtuig een Cessna 152 met de registratie G-WACG te zijn.
the helicopter was carrying two people, while only the pilot was on board the light aircraft, reported to be a two-seat Cessna 152... which had suffered substantial damage to its landing gear, propeller and engine cowling during a previous crash as it was taking off at Bodmin airfield, in Cornwall, in July 1993.
Both aircraft involved in today's mid-air collision near Waddesdon are understood to have come from Wycombe Air Park, according to the Press Association.