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April 17, 2013

Stone Buckinghamshire

Stone Buckinghamshire – A pretty little village situated near to the town of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire (Bucks), Stone has a population of about 2,500 and has been in existence since Saxon times (being called Stanes in the Doomsday Book). Stone lies on the A418 road between Aylesbury and Thame (Oxfordshire) and is one of the many villages which surround the town of Aylesbury, other include Stoke Mandeville, Bierton, West Turville and Aston Clinton. Stone was formerly the location of an asylum called St John’s Hospital, this was closed down in the early 1990’s, and the land developed for new housing.

View maps of Buckinghamshire towns and villages here: http://www.buckinghamshire-maps.co.uk

March 7, 2011

Aylesbury Villages Weston Turville

Five Bells Weston Turville

Five Bells Weston Turville

A charming little village and civil parish located between the Buckinghamshire towns of Aylesbury and Wendover, Weston Turville has a population of less than 3,000, and has remained largely unspoilt, despite its proximity to considerable urban development. With 3 village pubs (one a hotel – The Five Bells), and a few village shops, it retains its local identity and sense of local community. Just outside the village is the Weston Turville Golf Club, which attracts numerous visitors to the village, following their favourite hobby. Also within close proximity of the village is Stoke Mandeville, the name synoymous with the hospital, which is in fact located in Aylesbury. The name Weston Turville (or at least the “Weston” part) originates from Anglo Saxon times and means roughly “western estate”, and it was though important enough to be recorded in the 1086 Domesday Book, compiled by order of William the Conqueror. The parish church dates from the 12th century, and is set apart from the village. A pretty Buckinghamshire village, Weston Turville is a popular place to live, having a countryside setting, while still be close to Aylesbury and Wendover for employment purposes, jobs being relatively easy to come by in normal times. Towards Wendover you will find Weston Turville Reservoir, a popular nature reserve established by BBONT, this attracts bird watchers and anglers from all around the area. The B4544, which cuts through the village joins the A413 and the A41 (at Aston Clinton), making the village easy to access and giving it good road links with London.

Street Map of Weston Turville Village.

December 11, 2010

Aston Clinton Aston Martin

Filed under: England,Facts,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 3:57 pm

Interesting facts, did you know that the Aston Martin car derived the “Aston” part of its name from the Buckinghamshire village of Aston Clinton? The co founder of the Aston martin company, Lionel Martin road tested his early cars in a hill climb competition which took place on Aston Hill, close to the village of Aston Clinton, you can even view a plaque that has been placed on the site to commemorate this event. The company was founded in 1913 in London, and the other co-founder was Robert Bamford, the DB5 appeared in the James Bond film Goldfinger. Aston Clinton is a village situated east of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

July 5, 2010

The Holiday Inn Aylesbury

Filed under: England,hotels,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 11:36 am
Holiday Inn Aylesbury

Holiday Inn Aylesbury

For your accommodation needs in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, you might want to consider the Holiday Inn on the Aston Clinton Road. A stylish, yet comfortable hotel which is ideal for business and leisure guests, is outside of town in quiet surroundings yet still handy for the town which is just a short drive away. You can enjoy the normal expected facilities in any of its 139 rooms including wireless internet access, handy for business visitors. If you have some leisure time you can enjoy the indoor pool or perhaps the beauty treatment rooms or fitness club. If you are out and about in Aylesbury town during your stay you can visit one of the many fine pubs which the town provides, the excellent shopping, or get some historical background with a visit to the County Museum. Out of town you could head for Waddesdon village and visit the famous Waddesdon Manor or maybe head to Whipsnade Zoo which is only a half hours drive. One of the most popular hotels in Aylesbury, the Holiday Inn 3 Star hotel will surely be on your short list for accommodation in the town.

Aylesbury Map.

March 31, 2010

Wendover Buckinghamshire

Wendover Clock TowerAn interesting little town which is well worth a visit if you are in the Buckinghamshire area is Wendover, located four and a half miles to the south-east of Aylesbury. A historic market town which has Celtic roots was named in the Domesday Book as Wendovre and its name derives from the Celtic ‘white waters’. The parish church of Wendover dates from the 12th century though little of the original structure remains, also at around this time it was home to the chronicler Roger of Wendover. Worth a look is the old clock tower, now the tourist information centre, the row of cottages known locally as Ann Boleyn’s Cottages, as it is reputed that Henry VIII gave them to her as a wedding gift, and the Red Lion Hotel which dates from the 16th century. Wendover has a number of traditional pubs, though some have closed down in recent years. Nearby villages include Weston Turville, Stoke Mandeville, Halton, Aston Clinton, Great Missenden, Terrick and Butlers Cross.

Wendover Street Map.

Read a guide to Wendover here: http://www.wendover-guide.co.uk

January 15, 2010

Aston Clinton Buckinghamshire

Filed under: England,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 3:31 pm
Aston Clinton Parish Church

Aston Clinton Parish Church

A small village located to the east of Aylesbury in the county of Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom, Aston Clinton has a population of 3,000 and has been a settlement since at least Saxon times and possibly earlier (a Roman cemetery has been found nearby). It was important enough to be mentioned in the Domesday Book, where it was names as Estone. The construction of it’s parish church begun during the twelfth century and later work was done subsequently with a full restoration in 1867. It became the home of Sir Anthony de Rothschild during the 19th century and it was Sir Anthony who gave the Aston Hall to the village for use as a school. Aston Clinton is notable as having given it’s name to the Aston Martin car after one of the founders of the company entered a hill climbing trial on Aston Hill. Modern day Aston Clinton is a charming little village and a desirable location to live with easy access to the busy town of Aylesbury.

Aston Clinton Street Map.

Learn lots more about Aston Clinton here: http://www.aston-clinton-guide.co.uk

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