Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, lies on the A40 20 miles north west of central London, close to the M25/M40 motorway intersection and with a fast rail connection to London Marylebone provided by Chiltern Railways.

It lies 80 metres above sea level. To the south the terrain slopes down gently to the Thames at Eton.

Join Councillor Peter Grimes as he travels around the centre of the village looking at the

local shops and the Common.

Gerrards Cross is one of the larger settlements (population 7352) in South Bucks District, a predominantly rural (89% green belt) area immediately outside Greater London. It is widely regarded as a very desirable place to live because of its high quality residential accommodation set in a spacious, leafy environment with excellent communications. At the heart of the village, alongside the A40 is Gerrards Cross Common, much loved by residents and intensively used for recreation and for dog walking. The children’s play area is always busy and the football pitch is well used at weekends.

The Common and the houses immediately adjacent to it are recognized for their special character by having conservation area status. An equally large area of public open space is available on The Camp (Bulstrode Camp), whose Iron Age defensive ramparts are still discernible around the flat grassy interior. In addition to these open spaces, residents make use of a dense network of local footpaths.

Many residents are particularly attracted by the excellent schools, primary and secondary, public and private, in Gerrards Cross and in easily accessible nearby areas. Buckinghamshire County Council operates selection at 11 for public secondary education. Approximately 30% of pupils are offered places at (mostly) single-sex grammar schools.

Although many residents are daily commuters to employment in London, Gerrards Cross is not just a dormitory village. It has a thriving village centre (traders’ association) with shops, banks, restaurants, hotels, estate agents, solicitors, a cinema and many other facilities. To the north, Gerrards Cross is adjacent to the larger community of Chalfont St Peter which also has extensive facilities used by Gerrards Cross residents and in particular the excellent local hospital and associated GP surgery.

Of particular benefit to Gerrards Cross is the Memorial Centre – a community centre created to honour the memory of residents who lost their lives in two World Wars. The Memorial centre has rooms for educational and recreational activities, a large hall for public meetings and a bar. It also hosts Gerrards Cross’ active youth club.

Gerrards Cross not only has good access to London by road and rail but also to Heathrow Airport, 12 miles away with a half hourly bus service during the working day. There are many other places of interest to the tourist, including Beaconsfield (Bekonscot Model Village), Burnham Beeches (ancient woodlands owned by the Corporation of London with public access), Eton, Windsor and other charming riverside locations upstream such as Maidenhead, Cookham and Marlow on the way to Henley and Oxford beyond.

Guy Gorton’s website takes you on a walk, illustrated with pictures and words, through Gerrards Cross along Packhorse Road, the main shopping and commercial street.

 

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