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Wrought iron gates  Hoggeston

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Sometimes I’ll find something interesting when exploring North Bucks and take a photo of it, but when I get home I can’t find out very much about it. This is a good example.

I noticed this pair of wrought iron gates in Hoggeston last week, and took a photo because I liked the Hart, or stag, design.

At home I quickly found a reference to the stag being the crest of the Micklem family, who used to live in the village. The gates were said to have been made in the 1970s. But I must have confirmation so I looked in my all my Buckinghamshire books and on the internet to see what I could find.

I found that the church yard wall they are in is a listed building and the 1984 listing refers to the gates as “modern”; the date seems accurate. But I can find nothing more about a stag being the Micklem family crest.

There are several graves here of members of the Micklem family so they certainly have a local connection but that’s it; a tiny mystery. It’s a bit of a disappointment, because I do like these gates.

Of course, if you know any more, please comment below.

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