(country seat of the prime minister). The church of the poet Gray's `Elegy´ at Stoke
Poges; Cliveden, a country house designed by Charles Barry (now a hotel; it was
once the home of Nancy, Lady Astor).
Bletchley Park, home of World War
II code-breaking activities, now used as a training post for GCHQ (Britain's electronic
surveillance centre); The home of the poet William Cowper at Olney and of the Tory prime
minister Disraeli at Hughenden. Stowe landscape gardens
Burnham Beeches, a 600 acre forest of
mainly beech trees which look spectacular in autumn.
Has a lovely cobbled Market Square dominated by a Victorian clock tower. Home to the famed
Although much developed recently, has kept is red-brick Georgian high street buildings,
but is better known for Bekonscot, the oldest model village in the world.
Once created the county town by Alfred in 886, this is a delight to wander through with
its steep narrow streets.
Its claim to fame is the forest of Burnham Beeches - a famous beauty spot.
Chalfont St. Giles
Pretty village hosting the former home of Poet John
Milton - author of Paradise Lost, with a museum dedicated to him.
Has the famous ivy-covered buildings of Eton College - the second oldest public school in
the country, founded in 1440.
Village with Shakespeare associations.
Has paper and postage stamp-making heritage.
Long associated with early Quakers. Grave of William Penn of Pennsylvania fame.
Charming Thames-side town boasts a suspension bridge built in 1831 by the same architect
who linked Buda to Pest in Hungary.
Synonymous with a pancake race which each year is run between the ladies of the town.
Olde-worlde town with gabled and herringbone houses. Princes Risborough Manor House is
worth a visit.
High-rise offices dominate this industrial centre. Sir William Hershel gained his first
view of Uranus from his garden on the town's outskirts.
a number of fine houses, including Claydon House, Waddesdon Manor, and
West Wycombe House, with their priceless collections of art treasures. There are lesser
houses of interest at Gayhurst (once the home of Everard Digby, one of the Gunpowder Plot
conspirators), Nether Winchendon, and Tyringham. Stowe School (1923) now occupies the
former residence of the duke of Buckinghamshire.