A Little Bit of History
Wikipedia’s entry for the hamlet lists that the name of Hyde Heath makes reference to the value of the original estate that once stood there. Declaring that “the heath was valued at the price of one hide, an amount of land enough to support one free family and its dependants”.
The Buckinghamshire Village Book entry begs to differ on this, claiming that it was possibly named after William de Hyde, adding that “In the latter half of the 19th century, the Ordnance Survey map shows little evidence for the village of Hyde Heath” and that the map actually showed the hamlet, as sited just over a mile further north than its present position.
It is not unusual for small developments to move over time and establish new centres and it seems that Hyde Heath was actually a number of small cottages, grouped in clusters, around the site of The Plough Inn, Brays Green and Hyde End.
As is so often the case, Hyde Heath once supported four public houses, the others being the Red Cow (which stood beside the church), The Wheatsheaf and The Eagle. Today only The Plough remains and there are almost no images of these other pubs, to date we have just one, of The Wheatsheaf.