New 74-home Aylesbury estate named after respected former RAF pilot who lived locally

This widely-admired Aylesbury resident has been honoured at the recently launched development.

By James Lowson
Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:43 am
Updated Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 9:44 am

A new 74-home development on Stoke Mandeville has been named ‘Roylands', in tribute to Roy Bartman, a local RAF pilot.

Roy started his career in the Royal Air Force and then worked for British Airways, as well as various airlines in Africa. Throughout this time he continued with his passion for flying historical aircrafts.

Roy lived at Belmore on Risborough Road, turning his home into a successful business. He created Belmore Hotel and Ciao Bella restaurant. His son, Nick Bartman, bought the property in the late 1990s to then turn it back to a family home, naming it Thornbrook House, and eventually selling to Kier Living in 2018.

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Whitehorn Gardens development, newly named Roylands

Nick comments, “I am delighted that Kier Living has remembered my father’s legacy. The land was known as Whitethorn, the name of the current development, in the 1910s but was renamed Belmore in the 1930s, to then be bought by my grandmother in the 1940s. Since then, the land has remained in our family so it’s wonderful that my father, who died 20 years ago, is remembered this way. We’re really looking forward to seeing Kier Living transform this area into new homes and we hope many people get to call it ‘home’ for years to come.”

Jonathan Miller, regional director for Kier Living Eastern commented, “It has been fascinating to learn about the history of this land from Roy’s son and given the impressive aviation heritage within the Bartman family, we wanted to pay tribute to this within our Stoke Mandeville development.”

Whitethorn Gardens is a collection of four and five bedroom family homes situated off Risborough Road in Stoke Mandeville with prices starting from £600,000. Prospective buyers can take advantage of Kier Living’s Part Exchange offer on selected plots.

For further information on the homes at Whitethorn Gardens and to book an appointment to view the development, call 01296 752642 or visit

Roy Bartman
One of the biggest properties in Whitehorn Gardens