Hazlemere

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Hazlemere
Holy Trinity Church Hazlemere.JPG
Holy Trinity Church, Hazlemere
Hazlemere is located in Buckinghamshire
Hazlemere
Hazlemere
Location within Buckinghamshire
Area1.64 sq mi (4.2 km2[1]
Population9,623 [2]
• Density5,868/sq mi (2,266/km2)
OS grid referenceSU891955
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHigh Wycombe
Postcode districtHP15
Dialling code01494
PoliceThames Valley
FireBuckinghamshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
WebsiteHazlemere Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
Buckinghamshire
51°39′04″N 0°42′40″W / 51.651199°N 0.711237°W / 51.651199; -0.711237Coordinates: 51°39′04″N 0°42′40″W / 51.651199°N 0.711237°W / 51.651199; -0.711237

Hazlemere is a village and civil parish in Buckinghamshire, England, 2.5 miles northeast of High Wycombe on the A404 leading to Amersham which intersects with the B474 at Hazlemere. To the north of the village is the hamlet of Holmer Green, which is in the civil parish of Little Missenden.

History[edit]

Hazlemere in the snow
Park Parade shops in 2006

Hazlemere was at one time a small hamlet in the ancient Desborough Hundred and the name is recorded as long ago as the 13th century. The crossroads at the centre of the village was originally the meeting point of three different parishes, Penn, Hughenden, and Chepping Wycombe.

At the beginning of the 20th century, farming was still the primary industry in the area and in Edwardian times a large proportion of the area was devoted to cherry orchards. Brickmaking was carried out at the Old Kiln and at Oakengrove. By the 1930s, the area was losing its rural character and indiscriminate building was increasing, stopped only by the outbreak of the Second World War when a prisoner of war camp was constructed in the grounds of Hazlemere Park. After the war, the camp was used as temporary accommodation for refugees from the war in Europe. The camp was eventually closed in 1956.

The 1960s and 1970s saw a relentless increase in housing. Huge developments took place on the Park, and Brackley, Hill and Manor Farms. No provision was made for leisure and it was not until 1976 with the efforts of the Residents' and the Community Associations that Hazlemere eventually got its own library and Community Centre. In 1987, Hazlemere became a parish in its own right.

Notable residents/natives[edit]

Schools and Nurseries[edit]

Schools in the village include Hazlemere Church of England School (opened in 1847), Cedar Park School to the north, with Manor Farm Community Junior School and Sir William Ramsay School to the south.

Politics and Public Administration[edit]

Houses in the north of Hazlemere

As of 2019, Hazlemere has two electoral wards, each electing two councillors to Wycombe District Council.[6]

Hazlemere elects a single councillor to Buckinghamshire County Council.[7]

Hazlemere has had its own parish council since 1987, with 12 parish councillors - six for each electoral ward.[8]

Hazlemere North and Hazlemere South are part of the Wycombe constituency, currently represented by Conservative MP Steve Baker.

Demography[edit]

In the 2011 Census, Hazlemere parish had a population of 9,623.[1] The average (mean) age of residents was 41.6 years.

The ethnicity was 92.5% white, 1.9% mixed race, 3.9% Asian, 1.2% black and 0.5% other. The place of birth of residents was 92.4% United Kingdom, 0.5% Republic of Ireland, 1.8% other European Union countries, and 5.3% elsewhere. Religion was recorded as 67.3% Christian, 0.4% Buddhist, 1.1% Hindu, 0.5% Sikh, 0.2% Jewish, and 1.4% Muslim. 22.4% were recorded as having no religion, 0.1% had an alternative religion and 6.5% did not state their religion. [1]

The economic activity of residents aged 16–74 was 40.8% in full-time employment, 15.5% in part-time employment, 12.9% self-employed, 1.9% unemployed, 2.8% students with jobs, 3.5% students without jobs, 16.5% retired, 3.8% looking after home or family, 1.2% permanently sick or disabled and 1.1% economically inactive for other reasons. The industry of employment of residents was 17.7% retail, 11.5% education, 10.6% health and social work, 9.4% professional, scientific and technical activities, 8.7% manufacturing, 8.1% construction, with 44% of residents in employment working in other fields.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Hazlemere Parish Local Area Report". NOMIS. Office of National Statistics. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  2. ^ Census 2011
  3. ^ "James Corden sparks social media frenzy after tweeting about High Wycombe". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Spotlight: RICHARD LINNELL". www.spotlight.com. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Richard climbs a mountain to stardom". Bucks Free Press. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Your Councillors". councillors.wycombe.gov.uk. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Councillor details - Katrina Wood". democracy.buckscc.gov.uk. 26 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Your Parish Councillors". Hazlemere Parish Council. Retrieved 26 January 2019.

External links[edit]

Media related to Hazlemere at Wikimedia Commons