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Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 11,000
OS grid reference SU945900
District South Bucks
Shire county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Constituent country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Beaconsfield
Postcode district HP9
Dialling code 01494
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
European Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Beaconsfield
List of places: UKEnglandBuckinghamshire

Coordinates: 51°36′03″N 0°38′05″W / 51.600873, -0.634682 Beaconsfield is the name of several places, including: In Australia: Beaconsfield, New South Wales, a suburb of Sydney Beaconsfield, Tasmania, a town in Tasmania Beaconsfield, Victoria, a town in Victoria Beaconsfield, Western Australia, a suburb of Perth. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 504 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (600 × 714 pixels, file size: 292 KB, MIME type: image/png) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Red_pog2. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... The British national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Great Britain, different from using latitude or longitude. ... The districts of England are a level of subnational division of England used for the purposes of local government. ... South Bucks is one of four local government districts in Buckinghamshire, in south central England. ... Metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties are one of the four levels of English administrative division used for the purposes of local government. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... The region, also known as Government Office Region, is currently the highest tier of local government subnational entity of England in the United Kingdom. ... South East England is one of the nine official regions of England. ... // Constituent country is a phrase used, often by official institutions, in contexts in which a historical, currently non-legally officially recognised country makes up a part of a larger entity or grouping. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This list of sovereign states, alphabetically arranged, gives an overview of states around the world with information on the extent of their sovereignty. ... A post town is a required part of all UK postal addresses. ... UK postal codes are known as postcodes. ... The HP postcode area is a group of twenty-three postal districts in north west Hertfordshire and East Buckinghamshire. ... +44 redirects here. ... There are a number of policing agencies in the United Kingdom. ... Thames Valley Police is one of the largest Home Office police services in England and the largest non-metropolitan one, covering 2200 sq mi (5,700 km²) and a population of 2. ... A Fire Appliance belonging to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service The fire service in the United Kingdom has undergone dramatic changes since the beginning of the 21st century, a process that has been propelled by a devolution of central government powers, new legislation and a change to operational... The Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, is the Fire Service serving the county of Buckinghamshire. ... The South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust is the authority responsible for providing NHS ambulance services in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Milton Keynes, Oxfordshire, Portsmouth, and Southampton, in the South East England region. ... This is a list of Members of the European Parliament for the United Kingdom in the 2004 to 2009 session, ordered by name. ... The constituency within England. ... The United Kingdom House of Commons is made up of Members of Parliament (MPs). ... Beaconsfield is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. ... List of cities in the United Kingdom List of towns in England Lists of places within counties List of places in Bedfordshire List of places in Berkshire List of places in Buckinghamshire List of places in Cambridgeshire List of places in Cheshire List of places in Cleveland List of places... The boundaries of Buckinghamshire have changed considerably over a number of years. ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


Beaconsfield (pronunciation ; IPA /ˈbekənzfiːld/) is a market town in Buckinghamshire, England lying almost 25 miles NW of London. The town sits in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is part of the London commuter belt, thus the average cost of housing in the town is high. It is in the South Bucks local government district, which was known as the Beaconsfield district from 1974 to 1980. The market town is a medieval phenomenon. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... The Chiltern Hills are a chalk escarpment in south east England. ... An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is an area of countryside with significant landscape value in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, that has been specially designated by the Countryside Agency on behalf of the United Kingdom government; the Countryside Council for Wales on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government... Commuters from East Anglia arrive at Londons Liverpool Street station The London commuter belt is the metropolitan area surrounding London from which it is possible to commute to work in the capital. ... South Bucks is one of four local government districts in Buckinghamshire, in south central England. ...

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History and description

The parish is mainly given over arable land though some beech forest remains from that planted to supply the furniture industry of High Wycombe. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This article is about a community of trees. ... For the UK band, see Furniture (band). ... // The world renound retard, jack milner, has been said to be living in the retarded town just west of high wycombe known as down syndromly. ...


The first written reference to Beaconsfield dates from 1185 where it is spelt Bekenesfeld, although this is mistakenly thought to mean the ¨field by the beacon¨ in actual fact is derived from "clearing in the beeches" (beech trees). The town's icon is an oak tree. Although the name has been spelt with an ´A´ during modern times the name is pronounced [bekənzfiːld].


The parish church at the crossroads of Old Beaconsfield is dedicated to St Mary, it was rebuilt of flint and bath stone by the Victorians in 1869. Old Beaconsfield has a number of old coaching inns along a wide street of red brick houses and small shops. It was the first (coach) stopping point on the road between London and Oxford. Saint Mary and Saint Mary the Virgin both redirect here. ...


An annual fair is traditionally held on May 10. Its charter originally allowed for a yearly market for the trading of goods and livestock, but it has now developed into a funfair, erected for one day only on the main roads of the "Old Town". In recent years some residents have opposed the fair as a hindrance to the Old Town, and have called for it to be scrapped even though the fair has been going for over 735 years. is the 130th day of the year (131st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... A travelling funfair has many attractions, including adult or thrill rides, childrens rides, and sideshows consisting of games of skill, strength, or luck. ...

St Mary and All Saints Church, Beaconsfield and the tomb of Edmund Waller
St Mary and All Saints Church, Beaconsfield and the tomb of Edmund Waller

In the Victorian era the town was the home constituency of Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1868 and then again from 1874 until 1880 (in fact his home, Hughenden Manor is in the nearby town of High Wycombe). In 1876 he was made the 1st Earl of Beaconsfield by Queen Victoria with whom he was very popular. It was due to this, that Beaconsfield became a popular road name in industrial cities across the country in the late Victorian period. Edmund Waller (March 3, 1606 – October 21, 1687) was an English poet. ... The Victorian era of the United Kingdom marked the height of the British Industrial Revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ... A constituency is any cohesive corporate unit or body bound by shared structures, goals or loyalty. ... Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (December 21, 1804 - April 24, British Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and author. ... The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is, in practice, the political leader of the United Kingdom. ... Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a leap year starting on Tuesday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Hughenden Valley (formerly called Hughenden or Hitchendon) is an extensive village in Buckinghamshire, England, just to the north of High Wycombe. ... Queen Victoria redirects here. ...


It is the burial place of the author Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Edmund Burke and the poet Edmund Waller, for whom a tall stone obelisk was erected over the tomb chest in St Mary and All Saints churchyard.[1] For the town of Chesterton in Cambridgeshire, see Chesterton (Cambridge). ... Edmund Burke (January 12, 1729[1] – July 9, 1797) was an Anglo-Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher, who served for many years in the British House of Commons as a member of the Whig party. ... Edmund Waller (March 3, 1606 – October 21, 1687) was an English poet. ...


The Waller family originated at Groombridge Place, Kent, and later lived at Coleshill, Hertfordshire. In 1624, the family acquired Wilton Manor and Hall Barn in Beaconsfield.[2] "The Wallers, who came from Speldhurst, Kent," says the Victoria County history of Buckinghamshire, "were settled at Beaconsfield as early as the 14th century." (A branch of this family was seated later at Newport Pagnell, Buckingham, from whence they removed in the 17th century to Virginia, where they became prominent in early Virginia affairs. See Benjamin Waller, Littleton Waller Tazewell and Edwin Waller.) Littleton Waller Tazewell (December 17, 1774–May 6, 1860) was a U.S. Senator from and governor of Virginia. ... Judge Edwin Waller (November 4, 1800-January 3, 1881) was an entrepreneur, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, the first mayor of Austin, Texas and the designer of its downtown grid plan. ...


Dominic Grieve is the Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield, first elected in 1997, and now the shadow Attorney-General. Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom famously contested the seat in a by-election in 1982 and lost. He was defeated by Tim Smith, who stood down in disgrace fifteen years later after admitting that he had taken Cash for Questions from Mohammed Al-Fayed. Dominic Charles Roberts Grieve (born May 24, 1956) British politician and barrister He is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield and is the shadow Attorney General. ... A Member of Parliament, or MP, is a representative elected by the voters to a parliament. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... In most common law jurisdictions, the Attorney General or Attorney-General is the main legal adviser to the government, and in some jurisdictions may in addition have executive responsibility for law enforcement or responsibility for public prosecutions. ... For other people of the same name, see Tony Blair (disambiguation) Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born May 6, 1953)[1] is the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, First Lord of the Treasury, Minister for the Civil Service, Leader of the Labour Party, and Member of Parliament for the constituency... The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is, in practice, the political leader of the United Kingdom. ... The Beaconsfield by-election, 1982 was a parliamentary by-election held on 27th May 1982 for the British House of Commons constituency of Beaconsfield in Buckinghamshire. ... Timothy John Smith (born 5 October 1947), is a British Conservative politician. ... The cash-for-questions affair was a controversial political scandal in 1990s Britain. ... Mohamed Al-Fayed (b. ...


Today the town is very prosperous and quite picturesque. It is the home of Bekonscot model village; and (the old) Beaconsfield Film Studio becoming the National Film and Television School, where many film directors and technicians have learned their craft. It is the birthplace of Terry Pratchett, author of the Discworld series of fantasy novels. Some scenes in Brief Encounter, a classic film about a woman in a dull middle-class marriage who almost undertakes an affair, were filmed in the town. The exterior of the Royal Saracens Head Inn can be seen in the James Bond film Thunderball, and the interior shots for the pub in Hot Fuzz were filmed in the Royal Standard. Many other parts of the town have been used in films due to the old film studio and nearby Pinewood Film Studio. More recently it has often been used as a "location" for the TV murder mystery series, "Midsomer Murders". Bekonscot in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, is the oldest model village in the world. ... NFTS Logo The NFTS was established in 1971 and is based at Beaconsfield Studios in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, 25 miles west of London, and close to some of the UKs major film studios, such as Pinewood Studios, also in Buckinghamshire. ... Terence David John Pratchett, OBE (born 28 April 1948) is a British fantasy and science fiction author, best known for his Discworld series. ... This article is about the novels. ... Brief Encounter is a 1945 British film about the mores of British suburban life, centering on a housewife for whom real love (as opposed to the polite arrangement of her marriage) was an unexpectedly violent thing. ... This article is about the spy series. ... For other topics with this name, see Thunderball. ... Not to be confused with Hot Fuss. ... Midsomer Murders is a British television drama that has aired on ITV1 since 1997. ...


The "New Town" was built 1 mile further to the north, when the railway arrived, at the turn of the 20th century. The railway station is on the Chiltern Line out of Marylebone towards High Wycombe it then branches to Aylesbury, and Birmingham Snow Hill. Old Beaconsfield which grew up on the Oxford Road in part to serve the coach traffic, is mirrored by New Beaconsfield which has grown up round the station. Looking east towards the station from the B474 road bridge during an evening peak in March 2005. ... The Chiltern Main Line is the railway line from London Marylebone to Birmingham Snow Hill. ... Marylebone station or London Marylebone station is a National Rail and London Underground station in central London. ... // The world renound retard, jack milner, has been said to be living in the retarded town just west of high wycombe known as down syndromly. ... A Midland Metro tram at Snow Hill Birmingham Snow Hill is a railway station and tram stop in the centre of Birmingham, England on the site of a much larger station which was built by the former Great Western Railway (GWR). ...


Beaconsfield is also home to the Chiltern Shakespeare Company, which annually holds amateur performances of Shakespearian plays.


Transport

The town is very well served by roads and rail. The M40 runs very close to the town and is a generous 8 lanes wide. The motorway leads to London towards the east and Oxford and Birmingham to west. Local roads include the A355 which connects Amersham and Slough via Beaconsfield, although this has very heavy traffic in peak times. The A40 parallels the M40 from London to Oxford and for years was the main road between the two cities. With the building of the M40 in the 60s and 70s the road has been relieved, but it still gets heavily congested. The B474 connects the town to Hazlemere. Rail links generally follow the motorway. Beaconsfield railway station sees services to Birmingham Snow Hill and Moor Street, and London Marylebone. Services are provided by Chiltern Railways who provide regular fast and slow services, the faster ones being able to reach London in around twenty five minutes. Beaconsfield is also a popular park and ride station for commuters who drive towards the capital along the M40 and M4 corridors who don't want to take their cars into London's congestion charge and parking problems. The M40 motorway is a motorway in the English transport network that connects London to Birmingham. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This article is about the city of Oxford in England. ... This article is about the British city. ... The numbering zones for A-roads in Great Britain List of A roads beginning with 3 in Great Britain starting west of the A3 and south of the A4. ... Amersham (previously Agmondesham) is a market town 27 miles north west of London, in the Chiltern Hills, England. ... Slough (pronounced ) is a town and unitary authority (Borough of Slough) in England. ... The A40 is a major trunk road connecting London to Fishguard, Wales. ... Hazlemere is a suburb of High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, England and within Wycombe District. ... Looking east towards the station from the B474 road bridge during an evening peak in March 2005. ... The station entrance Birmingham Snow Hill station is a railway station located in the centre of Birmingham, England. ... The main entrance to Marylebone station. ... Chiltern Railways is a train operating company in England. ... a park-and-ride bus in Oxford Park and ride terminals are public transport stations that allow commuters to drive short distances in their personal automobiles to catch a ride on a bus or railroad system (usually classified as light rail or the heavier commuter rail). ... The M40 motorway is a motorway in the English transport network that connects London to Birmingham. ... The M4 motorway is a motorway in Great Britain linking London with Wales. ...


Notable residents

With very close access to London, Heathrow Airport and the M25/M40, as well being rural and having large, expensive estates and houses, Beaconsfield is a popular choice of location for many 'celebrities', personalities and high-flyers. Just some of these include or have included in the past: Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... London Heathrow Airport (IATA airport code: LHR, ICAO airport code: EGLL, and often simply Heathrow) is the United Kingdoms busiest and best-connected airport. ... The M25 motorway looking south between junctions 14 and 15, near Heathrow Airport. ... The M40 motorway is a motorway in the English transport network that connects London to Birmingham. ...

Enid Mary Blyton (August 11, 1897–November 28, 1968) was a popular English childrens writer. ... Enid Mary Blyton (August 11, 1897–November 28, 1968) was a popular English childrens writer. ... Airey Middleton Sheffield Neave, DSO, OBE, MC, (23 January 1916 – 30 March 1979) was a British soldier, barrister and politician. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Anne Margaret Main (born Cardiff) is the Conservative MP for St Albans. ... Barry Alan Crompton Gibb CBE (born on 1 September 1946) is a singer, songwriter and producer. ... Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (December 21, 1804 - April 24, British Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and author. ... Edmund Burke (January 12, 1729[1] – July 9, 1797) was an Anglo-Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher, who served for many years in the British House of Commons as a member of the Whig party. ... Gilbert Keith Chesterton (May 29, 1874–June 14, 1936) was an influential English writer of the early 20th century. ... Sir Gore Ouseley was an entrepreneur, linguist and diplomat. ... Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. ... Dame Wendy Margaret Hiller DBE (August 15, 1912 – May 14, 2003) was a distinguished English film and stage actress. ... Vernon Kay is a British television presenter. ... Helen Elizabeth Tess Daly or Tess Daly (sometimes known as Tess Kay) (born Stockport, England, 27 April 1971) is a television presenter, and is married to the presenter Vernon Kay. ... Edmund Waller (March 3, 1606 – October 21, 1687) was an English poet. ... Angelina Jolie (born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4, 1975) is an American film actor, a former fashion model, and a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency. ...

Twin towns

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Schools

Buckinghamshire County Council operates a selective education system, rather than a comprehensive system. Pupils can take the 11+ test at the beginning of year 6, when they are age 10 or 11. Approximately 30% attain a score that makes them eligible to go to grammar schools, as opposed to the county's upper schools. A selective school is a school which admits students on the basis of some sort of selection criteria, usually academic. ... A comprehensive school is a secondary school that does not select children on the basis of academic attainment or aptitude. ... The Eleven Plus or Transfer Test is an examination given to students in their last year of primary education in the United Kingdom. ... A grammar school is a type of school found in some English-speaking countries. ...

The Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) is a non-ministerial United Kingdom government department, established on 1st September 1992. ... Alfriston School is a girls special school in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. ... A special school is a school catering to students who have special educational needs (SEN), for example, because of learning difficulties or physical disabilities. ... The term learning disability is used to refer to socio-biological conditions that affect a persons communicative capacities and potential to learn. ... Beaconsfield High School is a girls grammar school in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. ... A grammar school is one of several different types of school in the history of education in the United Kingdom. ... For other uses, see Girl (disambiguation). ... The Beaconsfield School is a co-educational secondary school in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire. ... For other uses, see Boy (disambiguation). ...

References

  1. ^ Beaconsfield, GENUKI
  2. ^ Beaconsfield, A History of the County of Buckingham, William Page, 1925, British History Online
  3. ^ Bee Gees website Gibb Service International, Bee Gees News
  4. ^ Beaconsfield High School website
  5. ^ The Beaconsfield School website
  6. ^ Davenies School website
  7. ^ 2004 Report of Davenies School by the Independent Schools Inspectorate
  8. ^ Migh March School website
  9. ^ 2003 Report of High March School by the Independent Schools Inspectorate

See also

Beaconsfield SYCOB F.C. is a football club based in England. ...

External links

  • Beaconsfield Cricket Club
  • The Beaconsfield Society
  • The Enid Blyton Society
  • Visit Buckinghamshire
  • Enid Blyton Room
The Ceremonial counties of England are areas of England that are appointed a Lord-Lieutenant, and are defined by the government with reference to the metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties of England. ... Buckinghamshire (abbreviated Bucks) is one of the home counties in South East England. ... The Borough of Milton Keynes is a unitary authority and borough in south central England, at the northern tip of the South East England Region. ... The Aylesbury Vale (or Vale of Aylesbury) is a large area of flat land largely to be found in Buckinghamshire, England. ... The Chiltern District is one of four local government district of Buckinghamshire in south central England. ... South Bucks is one of four local government districts in Buckinghamshire, in south central England. ... Wycombe is an local government district in Buckinghamshire in south central England. ... Amersham (previously Agmondesham) is a market town 27 miles north west of London, in the Chiltern Hills, England. ... This page is about Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, England. ... Bletchley is a town in what is now Milton Keynes new city. ... Statistics Population: 11,572 Ordnance Survey OS grid reference: SP695335 Administration District: Aylesbury Vale Shire county: Buckinghamshire Region: South East England Constituent country: England Sovereign state: United Kingdom Other Ceremonial county: Buckinghamshire Historic county: Buckinghamshire Services Police force: Thames Valley Police Fire and rescue: {{{Fire}}} Ambulance: South Central Post office... Burnham lies north of the River Thames, and sits on the border with Berkshire, between the towns of Maidenhead and Slough. ... , Chesham is a market town in the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire, England. ... Fenny Stratford is a town that is now part of Milton Keynes, ceremonial Buckinghamshire, England and in the Civil Parish of Bletchley and Fenny Stratford. ... // The world renound retard, jack milner, has been said to be living in the retarded town just west of high wycombe known as down syndromly. ... Overlooking river Thames and Marlow Marlow (previously Great Marlow or Chipping Marlow) is a town on the very southern tip of Buckinghamshire, England. ... , Milton Keynes ( ; IPA ) is a large town in South East England, about 45 miles (75 km) north-west of London. ... Newport Pagnell is a town in the Borough of Milton Keynes (traditional Buckinghamshire), England. ... Olney is a small town near Milton Keynes, England with a population of around 6,000 people. ... Princes Risborough is a town in Buckinghamshire, England, about 9 miles south of Aylesbury and 9 miles north west of High Wycombe. ... Location within the British Isles. ... Wendover is a picturesque market town that sits at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, England. ... Location within the British Isles Winslow is a small market town in north Buckinghamshire, in the centre of the Vale of Aylesbury. ... , Wolverton is a constituent town of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. ... . ... The River Chess is chalk-stream which springs from Chesham, Bucks and lies in the Chess Valley in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, in south-eastern England. ... The Colne is a river in England. ... The River Gade is a river in England. ... For other Rivers named Ouse, see Ouse The River Great Ouse is a river in the east of England. ... The Jubilee River is a new channel which was built during the 1990s to divert flood waters from the River Thames around Maidenhead, Windsor and Eton. ... The River Misbourne rises in a field on the outskirts of Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, and flows down the Misbourne valley to join the River Colne just north of where the latter is crossed by the A40 Western Avenue. ... See also Lovat River (Russia). ... Rivers Thame (cyan) and Thames (blue) in south-east England The River Thame (pronounced as tame) is a river in southern England. ... This article is about the River Thames in southern England. ... The River Tove is a river in England, a tributary of the River Great Ouse. ... The River Wye in Buckinghamshire is a river that rises in the Chiltern Hills of Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom and flows through High Wycombe on its way down to Bourne End, where it meets the River Thames. ... The name Buckinghamshire is Anglo Saxon and means The district (scire) of Buccas home. ... The ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire, which includes the unitary authority of Milton Keynes, is divided into 7 Parliamentary constituencies - 1 Borough constituency and 6 County constituencies. ... The boundaries of Buckinghamshire have changed considerably over a number of years. ...

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