Beaconsfield is a picturesque market town with a population of just over 10,000. It's steeped in agricultural history and was once famed for offering rest to coaches travelling between London and Oxford. Today it is better known for offering ex-Londoners a better quality of life within commuting distance of the city. Sitting in the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it offers gorgeous countryside, tranquility and a community-feel and yet a fast service will take you to London in just under 30 minutes. In the Old Town you'll find period homes from a range of eras while the New Town surrounding the station offers larger modern homes, including many that are built with a period façade and finished to a very high and contemporary standard within. The surrounding villages and countryside boast quaint cottages aplenty plus many refurbished barns and outbuildings.
A little bit of history
The first written record of Beaconsfield was in 1185 when it is referred to as Bekenesfeld which is thought to mean clearing in the beech trees. But it's travel, not trees, that has defined our town most over the years. As the first resting point on the road between London and Oxford, Old Beaconsfield grew up partly to serve coach traffic and still boasts several old coaching inns that once welcomed weary travellers. At the turn of the 20th century, the railway arrived one mile to the north and brought with it the development of the New Town.
Need to know
If parts of Beaconsfield feel uncannily familiar, that could be because you've seen them before. The Royal Saracens Head Inn appeared in the James Bond flick Thunderball. The Royal Standard pub provided the interior location for Hot Fuzz. The New Town featured in post-war colour films John & Julie and The Fast Lady. More recently, Beaconsfield has provided locations for Midsomer Murders. This is just one of the benefits of being so close to famous Pinewoood Studios, not to mention the National Film and Television School (once called Beaconsfield Film Studios). Beaconsfield has a literary connection too; it was the birth place of Discworld author Terry Pratchett.
In keeping with its history as a market town, Beaconsfield offers two markets, one general market every Tuesday and a Farmers Market every fourth Saturday of the month. You'll also find Sainsbury's, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose supermarkets, several newsagents and pharmacies, a Boots Opticians and a selection of independent shops too. A few of our favourites are Forever Green Flowers, Beaconsfield Fine Jewellery and Hearnes of Beaconsfield; a beautiful antique furniture store ideal for a browse.