Speen, Buckinghamshire

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Speen
Speen village sign.jpg
Speen village sign depicting local trades
Speen is located in Buckinghamshire
Speen
Speen
Speen shown within Buckinghamshire
OS grid reference SU845995
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town PRINCES RISBOROUGH
Postcode district HP27
Dialling code 01494
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Buckinghamshire
51°41′16″N 0°46′44″W / 51.687908°N 0.779024°W / 51.687908; -0.779024Coordinates: 51°41′16″N 0°46′44″W / 51.687908°N 0.779024°W / 51.687908; -0.779024

Speen is a village hamlet in the Chiltern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, situated in the parish of Princes Risborough, in Buckinghamshire, England. The village is in the civil parish of Lacey Green.

As the crow flies, the centre of the village (as depicted by the village sign) is 3.2 miles south east of Princes Risborough, 4.7 miles north of High Wycombe and 31 miles north west of central London. The village is a short distance from Chequers, the country residence of the Prime Minister of the day.

The village has an annual fete which is held on the first weekend of July and a bi-annual arts festival which has been running for 18 years.[timeframe?]

History[edit]

The village name originates from Anglo Saxon. The exact meaning is unclear, but possibly meaning 'wood-chip place'. The name of the village corresponds to the location of the hamlet in the Chiltern Forest where trees were regularly felled.

Geography[edit]

The village is a mixture of woodland and agricultural fields (including cultivated crops, hay meadow for livestock feed and pasture) and varies in elevation. There are approximately 165 houses in the village which has a population at the time of the 2011 census of 637[1] and has a current[when?] estimated population of 654.

Speen Festival[edit]

The village has a bi-annual culture and arts festival. The festival runs in September in odd numbered year and the 2017 festival will run from Saturday 2nd September 2017 to Sunday 17th September 2017.[2]

The first Speen Festival run in 2001 was based on a festival founded in 1999 to celebrate the passing of the Millennium.

Notable residents[edit]

  • In 1928 the artist Eric Gill moved to Pigotts at Speen, where he set up a printing press, and lettering workshop and alternative community.[3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Speen (Buckinghamshire, South East England, United Kingdom) - Population Statistics and Location in Maps and Charts". www.citypopulation.de. Retrieved 2017-07-14. 
  2. ^ "Speen Festival 2017". www.speenfestival.org. Retrieved 2017-07-14. 
  3. ^ "Font Designer - Eric Gill". Retrieved 1 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Map of Pigotts by Gill

External links[edit]

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