Buckinghamshire is famous for its many beautiful market towns and an interesting history dating back centuries. We have found ourselves working more frequently in Buckinghamshire which provides a new challenge and very different context to the urban buildings of London. This wonderful place is often described as picturesque, friendly, and peaceful—which is why it has been titled the most filmed county in England (read on to find out about TV programmes and films that have been set here).
Our work in this county follows the same process as we do with our London projects. We begin by asking our clients to imagine their lives in the completed house and to describe their desired interaction with it. We then analyse these descriptions in detail to give us a highly defined brief. As Buckinghamshire Architects, this brief is then converted into a 3-dimensional simulation which is both revealing and informative, illuminating aspirations, requirements and patterns of habitation.
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With a combination of traditional housing, lavish gardens and green spaces found throughout, Buckinghamshire is a popular spot for tourists. Each town has something unique for tourists to enjoy.
High Wycombe is set in a steep valley, with a Georgian High Street and an arcaded Guildhall. There’s also a market house, and behind this is the 12th Century parish church, which is the largest in the county. East of the town you’ll find The Rye, a wide expanse of grassland surrounded by beech woods. Local art and furniture are exhibited at Wycombe Museum, in a centuries-old house with lush gardens.
Chesham is accessible on the Metropolitan Line with its own underground tube stop, which makes it a unique destination when traveling out of London. The River chess walk is particularly popular amongst tourists. The walk is a 10-mile route which can be undertaken from Chesham to Rickmansworth, or vice versa.
Wendover can be found nestled in the CHiltern Hills, and is a beautiful town ideal for nature lovers. The architecture boasts a distinctive red brick, spired clock tower at its centre, which was built in 1842. There are 33 miles of public rights of way and bridleways criss-crossing the parish.
Following these paths, you’ll find yourself walking over the downland of Coombe hill, with a special monument dedicated to the men who died in the Boer war.
This village is owned and maintained by The National Trust and its one-street medieval village is a unique place to enjoy in Buckinghamshire. Years ago, 7 inns and alehouses were open, serving the 67 houses in the little village, but now this number stands at just three. They are all excellent establishments, though, and can make a wonderful place to stop and refuel after taking a scenic walk through West Wycombe Park.
The Whiteleaf Cross is a chalk hill carving that dominates Princes Risborough, and can be seen for miles on the approach to the town. There are many lovely spots to explore, including the Ridgeway National Trail and the scenery that can be enjoyed along the route of the Kop Hill Climb.
In the Old Town, you’ll find a well maintained main street that’s home to interesting shops and pubs. The New Town is also worth a visit if you’re in the area. The town is home to Bekonscot Model Village – the oldest model village in the world. While here, you could even have a drink in the Royal Standard Pub, reported to be the oldest freehouse in England (it even hosted King Charles I during the civil war).
The town has a beautiful array of Georgian buildings, as well as the Old Gaol and Town Hall. The Old Gaol is worth a visit purely for the museum, where you can learn all about the history of Buckingham, including the Viking occupation.
Although Thame is certainly a unique town with its iconic boat shape high street, it also manages to preserve its history. Medieval buildings can be found here, alongside Georgian and Victorian architecture.
Many of the older buildings here can be found in the streets surrounding St Mary’s church. They are predominantly Georgian, but Tudor and Jacobean buildings can also be found. The historic cobbled Market Square is home to the striking County Court, built in 1740. Then, there’s the beautiful Clock Tower that dates all the way back to 1876.
You might recognise this place from ‘Midsomer Murders’. However, Hambleden Valley is more than just a great setting for a murder mystery! It has pretty villages, historic churches, pubs, an abundance of wildlife, and quirky places to stay. You can go for a walk, ride a bike, and attend some amazing events, too.
Amersham is a great place to visit for shopaholics, offering unique antiques, jewellery, and clothes. Amersham is often a sought after subject for photographers, thanks to its elegant cottages and market house in Old Amersham, and the unique browsing opportunities of the New Town. The Crown Hotel is a popular spot for film-loving tourists – it was used as a location for the film ‘Four Weddings and a Funeral’.
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