Mayflower Barn

Coordinates: 51°36′53″N 0°35′36″W / 51.61479°N 0.5932°W / 51.61479; -0.5932

Jordans is a village located in Chalfont St Giles parish in Buckinghamshire, England.

Jordans is a notable centre for Quakerism. The village is the burial place of William Penn, founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, making it a popular tourist attraction with Americans. Jordans is also the location of the Mayflower Barn, said to be made from the timbers of The Mayflower.

The village has a nursery, primary school and a community shop.

History
Demographics

Jordans has about 200 households and 700 residents.

Association with Quakerism

In the 17th century the village became a centre for Quakerism. One of the oldest Friends meeting houses in the country is in the village. The cemetery of the house is the burial place of William Penn, founder of the Province of Pennsylvania, as well as other notable Quakers. Close by the Quaker Meeting House is Old Jordans, originally a farm house, sold by the Quakers to Rivercrest Investments for development in March 2006.

Jordans Friends Meeting House

Jordans Friends Meeting House was built in 1688 shortly after the Declaration of Indulgence. The meeting room retains most of its original brick, including the bare brick floor, glass, panelling and benches.

The Meeting House suffered a serious fire on 10 March 2005. The modern extension was virtually destroyed and the roof of the original 17th century meeting room was severely damaged. The interior of the original meeting room escaped relatively unscathed, although it did suffer some water and smoke damage.

The Mayflower Barn

Within the grounds of Old Jordan is the Mayflower Barn, said to be built from the timbers of the Mayflower ship that took the Pilgrim Fathers to America. The Mayflower Barn is situated on the edge of the Chiltern hills in the South Buckinghamshire countryside, about midway between London and Oxford, in the small village (and associated farmstead) of Jordans.

The name of the farm appears to date back into the late Middle Ages. The known history of the farm begins in 1618 when Thomas Russell bought it. Part of the present farmhouse was already there, and Thomas Russell added to it in 1624. At the same time, he built a substantial new main barn with timbers from a ship called the "Mayflower", purchased from a shipbreaker's yard in Rotherhithe. In the 1920s the antiquarian J. Rendel Harris concluded after meticulous research that the Barn was built with the timbers of the same Mayflower that carried the Pilgrim Fathers from Plymouth to New England (there have been reported to have been as many as 37 Mayflowers plying the oceans at that time). This claim has been subject to much debate.

The well preserved structure is a tourist attraction, receiving visitors each year from all over the world and particularly from the Americas.

Education

Jordans has a primary school (Jordans County First School) and Jordan's Village Nursery School.

Jordans First School

Located in Puers Lane, Jordans Village School is a state funded school, catering for years 1,2 and Reception (Ages 5–8). It is a feeder school for Seer Green School, Thorpe House School and Gayhurst School. The school educates about 60 pupils in total, with a student:teacher ratio of 1:12. The schools inspector OFSTED has commented "The school enjoys an ordered, welcoming and caring environment in which pupils are valued and respected and positive values and attitudes promoted."

  • Mrs Woodcock (?-1996)
  • Mrs S. King (1997–1999)
  • Mrs A.M Bennet (1999–2005)
  • Mrs J. Galdies (Acting Head) (2005–2006)
  • Mrs P. Farmer (2006-)
Transport
Road

Jordans is located 5 miles (8.0 km) north west of the intersection of the M25 and M40 motorways (Junction 16/1A).

Rail

Jordans is served by the nearby Seer Green and Jordans railway station, operated by Chiltern Railways, on the London to Birmingham main line.

Leisure and amenities

Jordans retains a strong community atmosphere, despite not having a local pub. Every year, a number of events take place in the village, an annual fete, a sports day and a village supper. The Jordans Tennis Club is a small tennis club located within the village. It has one full size court and one hut. It holds about 7 roll-ups each year. The village also has a youth club.

Jordans village store

Jordans Village Store was opened in 1922. In addition to the usual staples, the shop also has its own brand of preserves. The shop also has a visiting Post Office. The shop is partly funded by a voluntary Shop Amenity Charge, £5 or £10 per month, which is paid by roughly half the households in the Village.

Allotments dispute

Jordans has approximately 6 allotments which are well used. In recent times, there has been a proposal for utilising the land for a small development of accommodation for the elderly. This is causing a dispute. Some argue that there is a need for more accommodation for old people while others argue that the houses are too large to be suitable for the elderly, and will not be used for their intended purpose. The village shareholders voted in favour of building at an EGM in early March, the votes being in about 100 in favour and 70 against.

Notable residents

Jordans is home to:

  • Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne who have a mansion just outside the village.
  • Bill Turnbull, a BBC news anchorman
  • Justin Sullivan, New Model Army frontman and songwriter was born in Jordans.

Building Activity

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