Beaconsfield Area Guide —
08th Feb 2019
Location and History
The A40 Oxford Road travels through the centre of the historical Beaconsfield Old Town. A destination in its own right the Old Town is jammed packed with history and character. Once full of old coaching inns, Beaconsfield was the first stop for coaches travelling to Oxford from London. There is a weekly market in Windsor End, an annual fair, exclusive shops, restaurants and traditional stores on offer. The New Town, simply known as Beaconsfield, grew up quickly after the arrival of the railway line to London Marylebone in 1906. Set that little bit further out from London, Beaconsfield is blessed with surrounding Chiltern rolling countryside on its door step and the original name Bekensfeld means a clearing in the beeches.
Both private and county schools are in abundance in and around Beaconsfield. All the schools are situated in the town centre with many parents choosing to walk children to school. Private schools include Davenies Prep School for boys (4yrs to 13yrs) and High March School for girls (3yrs to 11yrs). County schools include St Marys and All Saints Church of England Primary School, Butlers School Primary and Beaconsfield School Secondary School and Sixth Form.
For the keen sporting family Beaconsfield has an enviable reputation. There are sports clubs for rugby, football, cricket, squash, golf and tennis. The Beacon Centre at Holtspur offers instructor led training, an outdoor grass pitch and a theatre hall. The oldest model village in the world is at Bekonscot Model Village in Warwick Road and Beaconsfield also has the oldest freehouse pub in England, The Royal Standard which once hosted King Charles 1. The Old Town also has traditional pubs, bars and many fine places to eat. For the walking enthusiast there is beautiful open countryside, particularly to the north of the town heading up towards Penn, Penn Street, Winchmore Hill and Coleshill.
General and Transport
The railway station at Beaconsfield provides good access to London Marylebone (36 mins) or High Wycombe (5 mins). Nearby High Wycombe is excellent as a shopping town and you can always catch a League Football game at Adams Park watching Wycombe Wanderers. Junction 2 of the M40 motorway is close by too.
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