Buckinghamshire, England: Local History Resources

The county of Buckinghamshire is in the region of South East England. Because of its proximity to London, it is included in the area known as the ‘Home Counties’.

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Why is Buckinghamshire called Buckinghamshire?

Bucca was an Anglo-Saxon landowner in the northern part of the modern county, and ‘scire’ was the word for ‘district’. So Buckinghamshire means Bucca’s territory.

Is Buckinghamshire posh? Is it a nice place to live?

Many communities in Buckinghamshire combine historic properties in a rural backdrop, with convenient transport links to London and access to good schools, leisure and sporting facilities. They offer a nice place to live for upmarket buyers.

Beaconsfield, Chalfont St Giles and Gerrards Cross are popular destinations for house hunters who can afford the high house prices. Unfortunately for ordinary families, high housing costs are a feature across the county even in less desirable locations such as High Wycombe. 

Buckinghamshire still offers a selective 11+ Grammar School system to all the county’s pupils, and even more unusually also allows entry via 12+ and 13+ exams. Roughly one in three children receives a Grammar School place.

Towns In Buckinghamshire

There are no cities in Buckinghamshire. Aylesbury is a large town, but not a city.

The towns in Buckinghamshire are:

  • Amersham
  • Aylesbury
  • Beaconsfield
  • Bletchley
  • Buckingham
  • Chesham
  • Fenny Stratford
  • Gerrards Cross
  • High Wycombe
  • Marlow
  • Milton Keynes
  • Newport Pagnell
  • Olney
  • Princes Risborough
  • Stony Stratford
  • Wendover
  • Winslow
  • Woburn Sands
  • Wolverton

Villages In Buckinghamshire

Addington  Adstock Akeley  Ashendon Ashley Green  Aston Abbotts Aston Clinton  Aston Sandford Astwood

Barton Hartshorn  Beachampton Bellingdon  Biddlesden Bierton Bishopstone  Bledlow Bledlow Ridge Boarstall Bourne End  Boveney Bow Brickhill Bradenham Bradwell Brill  Broughton Buckland Burnham

Cadmore  Castlethorpe  Chalfont St Giles  Chalfont St Peter Chartridge  Chearsley Cheddington Chenies  Chesham Bois Chetwode Chicheley  Chilton Cholesbury Clifton Reynes  Cold Brayfield Coleshill Creslow Cublington  Cuddington

Dagnall  Denham Dinton  Dorney Dorton Downley  Drayton Beauchamp Drayton Parslow  Dunton

East Claydon  Edgcott Edlesborough  Ellesborough Emberton

Farnham Common  Farnham Royal Fawley  Fawley Bottom Fingest Flackwell Heath  Fleet Marston Frieth Fulmer

Gawcott  Gayhurst Granborough  Great and Little Hampden  Great and Little Kimble cum Marsh  Great Brickhill Great Horwood Great Kingshill  Great Linford Great Missenden Grendon Underwood  Grove

Haddenham  Halton Hambleden  Hanslope Hardmead Hardwick  Hartwell Haversham Hawridge Hazlemere  Hedgerley Hedsor Hillesden Hitcham Hoggeston  Hogshaw Holmer Green Hughenden Valley Hulcott Hyde Heath

Ibstone  Ickford Ilmer  Iver Ivinghoe

Jordans

Kingsey

Lacey Green  Lane End Lathbury  Latimer Lavendon Leckhampstead  Ley Hill Lillingstone Dayrell Lillingstone Lovell  Little Brickhill Little Chalfont Little Horwood Little Linford  Little Marlow Little Missenden Long Crendon Loughton Ludgershall

Maids Moreton  Marlow Bottom Marsh Gibbon  Marsworth Medmenham Mentmore  Middle Claydon Monks Risborough  Moulsoe Mursley

Naphill  Nash Nether Winchendon  New Bradwell Newton Blossomville  Newton Longville North Crawley North Marston  Northend

Oakley  Old Woughton  Oving

Padbury  Penn Pitchcott  Pitstone Preston Bissett  Prestwood

Quainton

Radclive  Radnage Ravenstone

Saunderton  Seer Green Shabbington  Shalstone Shenley Brook End  Shenley Church End Sherington  Simpson Slapton Soulbury Speen  St Leonards Stantonbury Steeple Claydon  Stewkley Stoke Goldington Stoke Hammond Stoke Poges  Stokenchurch Stone Stowe Swanbourne

Taplow  The Lee Thornborough  Thornton Tingewick Turville  Turweston Twyford Tylers Green  Tyringham

Upper Winchendon

Waddesdon  Walters Ash  Water Stratford  Wavendon Weedon West Wycombe  Westbury

Local History Videos

Where a town or village name is highlighted above, you can click through to a page which provides free-to-view online video links about that location.

Local Facebook Groups

Facebook groups about local people and places are popular and usually very active.

  • Chesham local history
  • Flackwell Heath, Loudwater & Wooburn Local History Group

Local History Resources In Buckinghamshire 

  • Archaeology in Marlow
  • Brill Society
  • Buckingham Society
  • Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society
  • Buckinghamshire Family History Society
  • Buckinghamshire Genealogical Society
  • Buckinghamshire Record Society
  • Bucks Sessions Records, 1678-1730
  • Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies 
  • Council for British Archaeology (South Midlands branch)
  • Chess Valley Archaeology and History Society
  • Chiltern Society
  • Chiltern Branch of the Young Archaeologists Club (meets at Chalfont St Peter Community Centre)
  • Chinnor Archaeological and Historical Society
  • Cuddington History Society
  • Friends of Chalfont St Giles Parish Church
  • Haddenham History Group
  • Haddenham Museum Society
  • Historical Association, Bucks Branch
  • History of Denham Society
  • Leighton Buzzard and District Archaeological and Historical Society
  • Long Crendon Preservation Society
  • Manshead Archaeological Society
  • Marlow Archaeology Society
  • Marlow Museum Centre Project
  • North Bucks Archaeological Society
  • N. Pevsner & E. Williamson, The Buildings of England: Buckinghamshire (1994)
  • Otmoor Archaeological and Historical Society
  • Princes Risborough Countryside Group
  • Probus Club for Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross
  • South Bucks Metal detecting Club
  • Weston Turville Historical Society
  • Young Archaeologists Club – Aylesbury branch

National Local History Resources

In addition, there are many national resources (enough to justify their own page!) which could help your local history research.

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