Buckinghamshire, one of the Home Counties, was formed in the 12th century. Today, it has the unique honour of being the county whose residents enjoy the longest average life expectancy, and also gets an hour more sunshine per week than the British average.
Chancellors has four branches in Buckinghamshire:
Geography, transport & economy
Buckinghamshire is home to the Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty which occupies a healthy area of the county to the southern half, bordering Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Greater London. The post-war ‘new town’ of Milton Keynes can be found to the north of Buckinghamshire, close to the county border with Northamptonshire.
Buckinghamshire is an affluent county, particularly towards the south, with an average of 77% of its residents owning their homes. Schools in the county consistently achieve above-average exam results at GCSE level, and Buckinghamshire is also home to three universities.
The county has a population of around 750,000. The southern area of the county is part of the London commuter belt and areas such as Amersham, Chesham and High Wycombe are perfectly located for commuters, providing public transport connections to the Capital in less than 40 minutes. There are also excellent connections to the road network, with Buckinghamshire being served by the M40, M4, M25 and M1 motorways, all passing through in some way.
Notable locations & attractions
Aside from the Chiltern Hills and the banks of the River Thames, Buckinghamshire is home to large amounts of open space and countryside, including Black Park and Emberton Country Park. It also has a selection of English Heritage and National Trust venues, as well as several historic houses, including Chequers, the country residence of the Prime Minister.
Furthermore, a selection of museums can be found, including the Roald Dahl Children’s Museum, and the West Wycombe Caves. Another feature that Buckinghamshire can boast is that it is the location of the world-famous Pinewood Studios, where many well-known films have been made. The studios also contain the sets of several TV shows, and tickets are available for audience members at no charge.
Eton Dorney, to the very south of the county, is a purpose-built rowing venue. Over two kilometres in length, it hosts several significant rowing events including the World Cup and was also a London 2012 competition venue. When events are not taking place, the site is open to the public and is a popular destination for runners due to the long flat surface surrounding the lake.