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Denham, Buckinghamshire

 

Denham, Buckinghamshire

Denham

St. Mary's parish church

Village road Denham is part of the architectural conservation area of Denham's nucleus.
Denham is located in Buckinghamshire
Denham
 Denham shown within Buckinghamshire
Area  16.02 km2 (6.19 sq mi)
Population 7,139 (2011 census)[1]
   – density  446/km2 (1,160/sq mi)
OS grid reference
Civil parish Denham
District South Buckinghamshire
Shire county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Uxbridge
Postcode district UB9
Dialling code 01895
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Beaconsfield
List of places
UK
England
Buckinghamshire

Denham is a village and civil parish in the South Buckinghamshire district of Buckinghamshire, England. It is north west of Uxbridge and north of junction 1 of the M40 motorway. Denham contains the Buckinghamshire Golf Club.

Contents

  • Origin 1
  • Buildings 2
  • Development 3
  • Transport 4
  • Economy 5
  • Schools 6
  • Boundaries 7
  • Demography 8
  • Twinning 9
  • Notable residents 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12

Origin

The village name is derived from the Old English for "homestead in a valley". It was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Deneham.

Buildings

The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary has a flint and stone Norman tower and Tudor monuments. The tree-lined Village Road includes several old red brick houses with mature Wisteria on them, and has been used as a location in British films and television.

Southlands Manor is a Grade II listed building. Its entry on the English Heritage website states that it was built in the 16th century, with a variety of later changes including the addition of four chimney stacks in the early 17th-century.[2] Analysis of a sample of timbers from the main building and its associated barn have found that they were felled in the winters of 1472/3 and 1473/4, indicating that the relevant parts of the building were erected in 1474 or soon after.[3]

Denham Film Studios were near the village.

Development

Housing growth has over the years created new parts to Denham. Modern-day Denham consists of:

  • Denham Village, as above; the original settlement
  • Denham Garden Village, the north of Denham Green Lane - built in the 1950s, renovated in 2006.
  • Denham Green grew up around the shops beside the railway station. Alexander Korda's Denham Film Studios (now demolished) used the Broadwater (Business) Park land between the junction of the road to Rickmansworth (A412) and Moor Hall Road towards Harefield.
  • New Denham is a linear part on the old Oxford Road north-west of Uxbridge, west of the Grand Union Canal
  • Higher Denham is a locality on the site of a First World War army training and transit camp, placed to take advantage of the adjacent Denham Golf Club station. After the War, the camp land was sold off piecemeal for housing, following a similar trend all over Metro-land. Martin-Baker Aircraft Ltd, manufacturers of aircraft ejector seats, have a small factory in Higher Denham
  • Tatling End, Denham is on the Oxford Road, west of the junction with the A412, at the top of the hill leading out of the Misbourne valley.

Transport

Denham railway station has direct services to London Marylebone and High Wycombe and limited services to Princes Risborough, Aylesbury and Banbury. Connecting services link to Birmingham Snow Hill, Stratford-on-Avon and Kidderminster.

The 331 bus service between Uxbridge and Ruislip stations (operated by First London for London Buses) calls at the Station Parade shops in Denham Green. The 724 Green Line bus service between Harlow and Heathrow passes through Denham Green to Uxbridge and onwards to Heathrow Airport, terminating at the Bus Station at Heathrow Central. The 581 circular bus service provides a link between the various areas of Denham and Uxbridge bus station. The Saturdays-only 582 service links the various Denhams with Iver, Slough and Windsor. The R21 bus service between Uxbridge and Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood stops twice daily at Denham Station every day except Sunday. This service is run by Red Rose Travel and forms part of a more regular service between Northwood and Maple Cross.

Denham Aerodrome was established during the 1930s[4] and is sited on higher land to the north of the village. It is the base of many private and executive aircraft and helicopters and has several hangars and a hard runway.

Economy

InterContinental Hotels Group has its corporate headquarters and European head office in Denham.[5]

Schools

Denham Village Infant School, in Cheapside Lane, was the original school for Denham, and has classes for Reception and Years 1 and 2 . The school building dates from 1832 and is listed.[6]

Denham Green E-ACT Primary Academy is located on Nightingale Way, Denham Green. The academy opened in September 2013, replacing the former Tilehouse Combined School, and is for children from ages 4–11 and also offers pre-school services. The school's current leadership team completed an Ofsted inspection shortly before converting to an Academy. Ofsted noted that the school was a Good school with Outstanding features. The academy accepts all children from the Denham area (including Denham Village, Denham Green, Maple Cross, Harefield and North Uxbridge) who wish to attend the school.[7]

Boundaries

The current eastern boundary with the London Borough of Hillingdon is the Grand Union Canal, a Boundary Commission proposal to avoid malapportionment to reassign to Hillingdon the area of Denham east of the A412 and south of the A40/M40 was abandoned after local consultation.

Demography

2011 Published Statistics: Population, home ownership and extracts from Physical Environment, surveyed in 2005[1]
Output area Homes owned outright Owned with a loan Socially rented Privately rented Other km² roads km² water km² domestic gardens km² domestic buildings km² non-domestic buildings Usual residents km²
Civil parish 1125 1039 463 357 37 0.761 0.391 1.416 0.250 0.175 7139 16.02

Twinning

Denham is twinned with Denham in Shark Bay, Western Australia.

Notable residents

  • Raymond Baxter, BBC Television presenter, lived in Denham until 1978.[8]
  • Cilla Black, singer, entertainer and television personality had her main residence in Denham Green, bought with her late husband Bobbie in the 1970s. In a burglary in 2002 £1 million worth of gems were stolen.[9]
  • [10]
  • Brian Connolly, lead singer with 1970s glam rock band Sweet, lived at Denham until his death in 1997.[11]
  • Jess Conrad, actor and singer, lived in Denham.[12]
  • Paul Daniels, magician, lived in Denham.[13]
  • Rosemarie Ford, stage actor and British television game show presenter.
  • Robert Lindsay, actor, lives in Denham.[14]
  • Sir John Mills, film actor, was a resident of the village for many years, and is commemorated by a blue plaque on his former house by the church.[15]
  • Roger Moore, actor, lived in Sherwood House, Tilehouse Road, Denham.[16]
  • Mike Oldfield, musician, lived in Tilehouse Lane, Denham 1979-86.[17]
  • Shane Ritchie, actor, who plays Alfie Moon on BBC Television's EastEnders, used to live at Baker's Wood, Denham.[18]
  • Cyril Davies, British Blues musician and co-Founder of the influential London Blues and Barrelhouse Club in 1955 with Alexis Korner, was born at St Mildred's, 15 Hawthorn Drive, Willowbank, Denham.

References

  1. ^ a b Key Statistics: Dwellings; Quick Statistics: Population Density; Physical Environment: Land Use Survey 2005
  2. ^  
  3. ^ Muir, Andy (2012). Dendrochronological analysis of oak timbers from Southlands Manor and Barn, Denham, Buckinghamshire, England. Hungerford, Berkshire: Tree-Ring Services. 
  4. ^ About Denham Aerodrome
  5. ^ "Contact us." InterContinental Hotels Group. Retrieved on 5 March 2010.
  6. ^ Denham Village Infant School
  7. ^ Denham Green E-ACT Primary Academy
  8. ^ "Obituary: Raymond Baxter". telegraph.co.uk ( 
  9. ^ "Cilla Black £1m insurance blow". thisislondon.co.uk ( 
  10. ^  
  11. ^ "The Sweet".  
  12. ^ "Queen's Birthday Honours 2011: list in full". telegraph.co.uk ( 
  13. ^ Russell, Rosalind (2 August 1997). "Bathing beauties". independent.co.uk ( 
  14. ^ Anstead, Mark (12 June 2010). "TB or not TB: That is the question a routine X-ray finally answered for Robert Lindsay...". dailymail.co.uk ( 
  15. ^ "Obituary: Sir John Mills". independent.co.uk ( 
  16. ^ "Our story of the month: October 2006". roger-moore.com. Sir Roger Moore Official Site. Retrieved 1 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Mike Oldfield posed in a field at his home in Denham, Buckinghamshire, England in January 1982". gettyimages.co.uk.  
  18. ^ "'"EastEnders' Shane Richie had 'six-year affair with president of his fan club who he met when she was 13. dailymail.co.uk ( 

External links

  • Denham Aerodrome
  • Midsomer Murders locations in Denham
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