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Taplow is located in Buckinghamshire
 Taplow shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 1,669 [1]
OS grid reference SU910822
Civil parish Taplow
District South Bucks
Shire county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Maidenhead
Postcode district SL6
Dialling code 01628
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Beaconsfield
List of places

Coordinates: 51°31′53″N 0°41′14″W / 51.531328°N 0.687229°W / 51.531328; -0.687229

Taplow is a village and civil parish within South Bucks district in Buckinghamshire, England. It sits on the east bank of the River Thames facing Maidenhead on the opposite bank. Taplow railway station is near the A4 south of the village and provides access to and from Oxford, Reading and London Paddington. Its two large stately homes adjoin each other and face the Thames, Taplow Court and Cliveden.


The village name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'Tæppa's barrow'; the Anglo-Saxon burial mound of Taeppa can still be visited, and important artefacts excavated there are now in the British Museum, notably a gold belt buckle. Taplow was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Thapeslau. Taplow Court nearby is also the site of an early Iron Age hill fort.[2][3]

William Grenfell, 1st Baron Desborough lived at Taplow Court.[4] Neighbouring is Cliveden, former home of Nancy Astor in the parish.


Taplow village
Taplow compared
2001 UK Census Taplow ward South Bucks borough England
Population 1,584 61,945 49,138,831
Foreign born 14.9% 12.2% 9.2%
White 96.1% 93.4% 90.9%
Asian 2.3% 4.5% 4.6%
Black 0.0% 0.4% 2.3%
Christian 73.4% 75.6% 71.7%
Muslim 0.4% 1.1% 3.1%
Hindu 0.8% 1.2% 1.16
No religion 17.1% 12.5% 14.6%
Unemployed 1.3% 1.9% 3.3%
Retired 12.7% 14.8% 13.5%

At the 2001 UK census, the Taplow electoral ward had a population of 1,584. The ethnicity was 96.1% white, 1% mixed race, 2.3% Asian, 0% black and 0.6% other. The place of birth of residents was 85.1% United Kingdom, 1% Republic of Ireland, 4.6% other Western European countries, and 9.3% elsewhere. Religion was recorded as 73.4% Christian, 0.9% Buddhist, 0.8% Hindu, 0.8% Sikh, 0.3% Jewish, and 0.4% Muslim. 17.1% were recorded as having no religion, 0% had an alternative religion and 6.4% did not state their religion.[5]

The economic activity of residents aged 16–74 was 46.8% in full-time employment, 8.7% in part-time employment, 16.7% self-employed, 1.3% unemployed, 0.9% students with jobs, 2.5% students without jobs, 12.7% retired, 6.2% looking after home or family, 1.7% permanently sick or disabled and 2.7% economically inactive for other reasons. The industry of employment of residents was 12.3% retail, 11.8% manufacturing, 4.5% construction, 24.6% real estate, 7.8% health and social work, 5.7% education, 9.1% transport and communications, 2.7% public administration, 6.7% hotels and restaurants, 2.7% finance, 3% agriculture and 9.1% other. Compared with national figures, the ward had a relatively high proportion of workers in agriculture and real estate. According to Office for National Statistics estimates, during the period of April 2001 to March 2002 the average gross weekly income of households was £840, compared with an average of £660 in South East England. Of the ward's residents aged 16–74, 37.2% had a higher education qualification or the equivalent, compared with 19.9% nationwide.[5]


  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 2 February 2013
  2. ^ Bucks Archeological Service Historic Environment Resource Assessment
  3. ^ Hart, Jonothan; Mc Sloy, E. R. (2011). "A Late Prehistoric Hilltop Settlement and Other Excavations Along the Taplow and Dorney Water Pipeline". Records of Buckinghamshire (Buckinghamshire Archeological Society) 51. 
  4. ^ Christopher Winn, I Never Knew That About the River Thames (Random House, 2010) ISBN 0-09-193357-9 p.138
  5. ^ a b "Neighbourhood Statistics". Statistics.gov.uk. Retrieved 2008-04-20. 

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