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Overview

The beautiful town of Beaconsfield is located in Buckinghamshire in the Chiltern Hills. With its historic Old Town and bustling New Town, surrounded by Green Belt and ancient woodland, Beaconsfield is a wonderful place to live and work.

Throughout its history Beaconsfield’s location has played a major role in the success of the town. Situated exactly half way between London and Oxford, Beaconsfield was seen as a natural stop off point for tradesmen travelling between two of the country's most important towns. As trade between the cities increased over the years, Beaconsfield grew to accommodate the ever swelling numbers of tradesmen. Since then the town has gone on to forge an existence in its own right and is now one of the most prosperous towns in the whole of England.

Beaconsfield is twinned with a French town called Langres which has a similar population to Beaconsfield at roughly 12,000. Langres was considered the ideal choice when Beaconsfield was looking for a twin during the mid 1990’s. The Twinning Association are always looking for people to get involved and forge closer links with our continental counterparts. Check out the “Beaconsfield Twinning” section for contact details.

 

Transport Links:

Beaconsfield’s modern day transport links certainly play a large part in its continued success. The town is located on Junction 2 of the M40 less than 25 miles north west of the centre of London. The town's train station is served by Chiltern Railways who run regular trains from Birmingham Snow Hill to London Marylebone. In addition, the international airports at Heathrow and Luton are less than an hour away by car. Gatwick is slightly further away but, traffic permitting, is reachable in less than an hour and a half. The ports of Dover, Portsmouth and Southampton are also within two hours by road or rail.

 

Retail:

No town would be complete without a thriving retail sector, and Beaconsfield is no exception. Whilst the town plays host to three busy supermarkets and several other Household name shops, it is also home to a vast array of smaller, more specialised companies who are true experts in their field. From sports equipment to musical instruments, arts and crafts to fashion and millinery there really is something for everyone. Six of the major banks also have branches in the town. There is also a friendly and welcoming Tuesday market in the Old Town where you can always pick up a bargain!  The monthly farmers market is also a very popular addition to the Beaconsfield retail scene.

 

Tourist Attractions:

Beaconsfield’s most famous tourist attraction is its legendary model village. Situated right in the heart of Beaconsfield’s New Town, Bekonscot is the oldest and most well renowned model village in the world. The village opens its doors in February each year and remains open right through until December.

The Royal Standard of England is also a popular destination for tourists. Located just a mile from the centre of the New Town, the pub is reported to be the oldest Free House in England. It also played host to Charles I during the Civil War.  Odds Farm, a popular rare breeds farm, is also within a couple of miles of the town.

Given the town’s distinguished history it is hardly surprising that some of England’s most famous citizens have lived in or been associated with the town. They range from Enid Blyton, who wrote many of her books from her home in the town, to Benjamin Disraeli, who was the First Earl of Beaconsfield. Please see the History section for more details.

 

Education:

Beaconsfield is home to two state run mixed sex primary schools, Butlers Court Combined School and St. Mary’s and All Saints Church of England School. Both schools boast excellent records in Key Stage Two assessments. The results for the 2005 tests can be found in the education section of the site. There are also two single sex Public primary schools in the town by the names of Davenies and High March. Davenies caters for boys between the ages of 3 and 12 whilst High March schools girls between the same ages. Again both schools have superb records and fantastic reputations.

Secondary education in Buckinghamshire is based upon the 11+ system of selection. As a result, secondary schools are split into two categories; Grammar Schools and Secondary schools. Beaconsfield itself is home to one of each. Beaconsfield Secondary School, a mixed sex secondary school and Beaconsfield High School a girls only Grammar school. However, pupils who pass the 11+ also have a range of excellent schools in other local towns to choose from. Please see the education section of the site for more details.

Clubs and Societies:

Beaconsfield features a wide selection of sports clubs, leisure facilities, cultural organisations, churches and community groups. Each year the town holds a May Fair on May 10 and a ‘Festival of Lights’ Parade involving the school children from all of the towns primary schools each Christmas. Beaconsfield’s ‘Awareness Day’, which is held annually in June on The Green and organised by the Beaconsfield Society, brings together over fifty local charities, voluntary groups and clubs at a forum to publicise their activities.

 

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