Chalfont Common

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Chalfont Common
Chalfont Common.jpg
Chalfont Common in 2015
Chalfont Common is located in Buckinghamshire
Chalfont Common
Chalfont Common
Chalfont Common shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 3,814 [1]
OS grid reference TQ 00340 92346
Civil parish
  • Chalfont St. Peter
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Gerrards Cross
Postcode district SL9
Dialling code 01753/01494
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
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Buckinghamshire
51°37′16″N 0°33′07″W / 51.621°N 0.552°W / 51.621; -0.552Coordinates: 51°37′16″N 0°33′07″W / 51.621°N 0.552°W / 51.621; -0.552

Chalfont Common is a hamlet in Buckinghamshire, England. It is located in the Chiltern Hills, to the north of Chalfont St Peter. It is 24 miles from the centre of London.

It is located east of the River Misbourne and was one of Chalfont St Peter's three commons (the other two being Gold Hill Common and Austenwood Common). Housing of all sorts developed around and on the common, some dating back to the 1890s.[2] In the 1960s a post office was constructed on the common, which is now a Spar shop, with a salon next door.

It is also the home of the Epilepsy Society which was founded in 1892.

Gott's Monument[edit]

Gott's Monument in June 2015.

Chalfont Common is also the home of Gott's Monument which was erected in 1785 by Sir H T Gott. According to local tradition, the monument either commemorates a hunt attended by George III, or an incident in which the king got lost in the forest surrounding the monument.

The plaque on the obelisk, which is the height of horseback, reads:

1785
To NEWLAND I Mile III Furl.g's
To Chesham VII Miles
Built by Sir H T Gott
Restored by W Brown in 1879
To Denham IV Miles
To Uxbridge VI Miles
LONDON XXI

The monument was damaged in 1879 by a lightning strike and was rebuilt. Remarkably it was struck by lightning again in the 1960s, so was reduced from its original size of 60 ft to 20 ft.

The monument has been Grade II listed since 22 December 1958.[3]

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