Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for Chiltern Hills

Chiltern Hills, range of chalk hills, extending NE. from vicinity of river Thames, in S. of Oxfordshire, through Bucks and Bedfordshire, and N. part of Herts, to the border of Suffolk, with a breadth varying from 15 to 20 miles, and reaching its highest alt. (904 ft.) in the vicinity of Wendover. The Chilterns were at one time covered with forests, which were infested with robbers, and, to protect the surrounding country from their depredations, an officer, called the Steward of the Chiltern Hundreds (which comprise Burnham, Desborough, and Stoke, in Bucks), was appointed under the Crown. The office is now only nominal, but is retained in order that by the acceptance of a place under the Crown any member of Parliament may be enabled to resign his seat.

(John Bartholomew, Gazetteer of the British Isles (1887))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "range of chalk hills"   (ADL Feature Type: "mountain ranges")
Administrative units: Oxfordshire AncC
Place: Chiltern

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