The Blue Ball in Asheridge — Nye Bevan’s local

The leafy lanes and pretty Chiltern villages surrounding Chesham and Amersham are not immediately redolent of Labour history. Swan Bottom is a long way from Clydeside, and Cholesbury is no Tolpuddle. Yet growing up in the area, I was always fascinated by the stories of three Labour titans who were drawn to the area, like many of us, for the Chilterns air, green fields, open spaces, and closeness to London. …

Paul Richards

Writer. London and Sussex.

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