Public events including town celebrations have taken place outside the Town Hall since it was built in 1783, but did you know it used to look different? The building used to have curved wings on both sides, but the Castle Street side was removed to widen the road.

The swan above the clock at the top of the Hall is a weathervane and turns to show the direction the wind is blowing. Local superstition says that it’s bad luck if the Swan is facing away from the town!

Swans are a symbol of the area and this swan has been regilded with gold several times. Including to celebrate the end of the 1st World War.

With thanks to the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies for the historic picture of the Town Hall