Little Chalfont

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Coordinates: 51°40′01″N 0°33′36″W / 51.667°N 0.560°W / 51.667; -0.560

Little Chalfont
Nightingales Corner, Little Chalfont - geograph.org.uk - 988796.jpg
Nightingales Corner, Little Chalfont
Little Chalfont is located in Buckinghamshire
Little Chalfont
Little Chalfont
 Little Chalfont shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 6,013 [1]
OS grid reference SU995975
District Chiltern
Shire county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town AMERSHAM
Postcode district HP6
Dialling code 01494
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Chesham & Amersham
List of places
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Buckinghamshire

Little Chalfont is a village and civil parish in Chiltern district in south east Buckinghamshire, England. It is one of a group of villages known collectively as The Chalfonts which also comprises Chalfont St Giles and Chalfont St Peter. Little Chalfont is located 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Aylesbury and 6 miles (9.7 km) northwest of Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire.

History[edit]

Little Chalfont is a 20th-century creation triggered by the coming of the Metropolitan Line railway. A station called Chalfont Road was opened in 1889 at the northernmost point of Chalfont St Giles Parish where the parishes of Amersham, Chenies, and Chalfont St Giles met. At that time, the area was remote from the centres of the villages and towns, and consisted of isolated farms and cottages, and did not have a specific name.

The coming of the railway eventually brought local housing development, and a community developed around the station, which was renamed to Chalfont and Latimer in 1915, a name which it retains today.

The first appearance of the name Little Chalfont is in the minutes of the Chalfont St Giles Parish Council on 15 January 1925, when, at the request of the inhabitants, it was agreed that the group of houses near the station should be named Little Chalfont instead of "Chalfont Road Village". For many years, Little Chalfont was split mainly in the Amersham Town Council area, and partly in Chalfont St Giles parish. Following a period of campaigning by local residents, the village was awarded separate Parish status in 2007. Most of the new Parish came from Amersham, but a small part (in area, rather larger in population) of Chalfont St Giles was also included.

Transport[edit]

Chalfont & Latimer station in Little Chalfont provides rail access to Central London via the Metropolitan Line and the London to Aylesbury Line.

Education[edit]

There are three schools in Little Chalfont: two primary schools (Little Chalfont Primary School, and Chalfont Valley E-ACT Primary Academy (formerly Bell Lane Combined School); and Dr Challoner's High School - a girls' grammar school.

Little Chalfont library was originally part of the Buckinghamshire County Library Service but is now run as a community library by local volunteers.[2]

Community[edit]

Little Chalfont Farmers Market was launched in September 2009 with the support of the Parish Council and local regeneration groups. The Farmers Market takes place in the Village Hall car park on the second Saturday of each month.

Landmarks[edit]

Beel House is a Grade II listed 16th-century house on the edge of Little Chalfont.[3] Originally owned by the Duke of Buckingham. It was the home of Mary Pennington whose daughter Gulielma Springett married William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania. Later residents include Dirk Bogarde, Ozzy Osbourne Robert Kilroy-Silk.[4]

Religion[edit]

Little Chalfont is part of the Church of England parish of Chenies and Little Chalfont. In 1987, it joined with the neighbouring parishes of Latimer and Flaunden to form the Chenies Benefice.[5] The parish church of St George's is on White Lion Road.

St Aidan's Roman Catholic church is on Finch Lane. It was opened in 1964, having been built on land bought from the Beel House estate.[6]

Little Chalfont Methodist Church is on Chalfont Avenue. The original church building was opened in 1959. After the church was damaged by fire in 1993, the current church building was opened in 1996.[7]

Economy[edit]

Little Chalfont is home to two industrial laboratories and an office development, part of GE Healthcare, originally the Radiochemical Centre, and then Amersham International.

References[edit]

"A History of Little Chalfont" Ivor White 1993 published by The Little Chalfont Rural Preservation Society (now the Little Chalfont Community Association), Bucks, England.

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