Farnham Royal

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Farnham Royal
Farnham Royal is located in Buckinghamshire
Farnham Royal
Farnham Royal
 Farnham Royal shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 5,972 [1]
OS grid reference SU959831
Civil parish Farnham Royal
District South Bucks
Shire county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SLOUGH
Postcode district SL2
Dialling code 01753
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Beaconsfield
List of places

Coordinates: 51°32′19″N 0°36′59″W / 51.538607°N 0.616357°W / 51.538607; -0.616357

Farnham Royal is a village and civil parish within the South Bucks district of Buckinghamshire, England. It is located in the south of the county, immediately north of Slough (with which it is contiguous), and around 22 miles west of Charing Cross, Central London. Within the parish boundary is the village of Farnham Common and the hamlet of Farnham Park.

A view of Farnham Royal's entry in 'Domesday Book'

The village name 'Farnham' is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'homestead where ferns grow'. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the village was recorded as Ferneham. The affix 'Royal' was given to the village in the late 11th century by the king, who gave the lord of the manor of Farnham, Bertram de Verdun, the Grand Serjeanty on the condition of providing a glove and putting it on the king's right hand at the coronation, and supporting his right arm, while the Royal sceptre was in his hand (see also Manor of Worksop).

In 1832, Francis Osborne was created Baron Godolphin, of Farnham Royal in the County of Buckingham.

At the centre of the village, where there are now two mini-roundabouts, stood the old water pump. This was removed when the mini-roundabouts were constructed sometime in the 1970s. Recently the water pump has been brought back to Farnham Royal and has been placed on the green nearby, next to the Duke's Head pub.


At the 2001 UK census, the Farnham Royal electoral ward, which includes the village of Farnham Common, had a population of 5,002. The ethnicity was 92.9% white, 1.3% mixed race, 5% Asian, 0.4% black and 0.4% other. The place of birth of residents was 87.7% United Kingdom, 1.2% Republic of Ireland, 2.6% other Western European countries, and 8.5% elsewhere. Religion was recorded as 75.7% Christian, 0.3% Buddhist, 1.3% Hindu, 1.4% Sikh, 0.5% Jewish, and 1.1% Muslim. 12.7% were recorded as having no religion, 0.2% had an alternative religion and 6.8% did not state their religion.[2]

The economic activity of residents aged 16–74 was 39% in full-time employment, 11% in part-time employment, 14.4% self-employed, 1.7% unemployed, 2.2% students with jobs, 2.7% students without jobs, 16.9% retired, 8.2% looking after home or family, 2% permanently sick or disabled and 2% economically inactive for other reasons. The industry of employment of residents was 15.4% retail, 13% manufacturing, 4.5% construction, 24.8% real estate, 8.4% health and social work, 7.6% education, 8% transport and communications, 2.9% public administration, 3.7% hotels and restaurants, 3.9% finance, 0.7% agriculture and 7.1% other. Compared with national figures, the ward had a relatively high proportion of workers in real estate, transport and communications. According to Office for National Statistics estimates, during the period of April 2001 to March 2002 the average gross weekly income of households was £1,070, compared with an average of £660 in South East England. Of the ward's residents aged 16–74, 34% had a higher education qualification or the equivalent, compared with 19.9% nationwide.[2]


The private boys preparatory school Caldicott School has many famous alumni including deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and England cricket captain Andrew Strauss.


  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 2 February 2013
  2. ^ a b "Neighbourhood Statistics". Statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 

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