The mock-medieval parish church with green copper spire on bell tower and tall nave is listed in the initial category, built in 1911.
Berry Hill, part of the developed traditional core of Taplow which is mostly formal parkland with a minority of woodland and cultivated fields and hay meadows. The foot of the hill sits close to the boundary between Taplow and Maidenhead, and is situated opposite to Amerden Lane on the village's outskirts.
Taplow shown within Buckinghamshire
|Area||11.22 km2 (4.33 sq mi)|
|Population||1,669 (2011 census)|
|– density||149/km2 (390/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Taplow is a village and civil parish in the South Bucks district in Buckinghamshire, England. It sits on the east bank of the River Thames facing Maidenhead, and is roughly one mile west of Burnham, Buckinghamshire and is next to a brief section of Slough through Burnham (nr Taplow Station) and also about one mile east of Dorney Reach in Berkshire.
Taplow railway station is near the A4 south of the settled part of the village and provides access to and from Oxford, Reading and London Paddington. Its two large stately homes with parkland adjoin each other and face the Thames, Taplow Court and Cliveden and sit at the highest point of the intermittent terraced gravel formations stretching from the Chiltern Hills in the far north of the parish to beyond Windsor to the south and as far east as the edge of Central London. Each was designated by central body responsible a protected areas under the UK's statutory planning scheme (in this instance a listed park and garden).
Charing Cross is 28 miles (45 km) east of Taplow's centre and footpaths connect all parts of the parish to Maidenhead Bridge and to Burnham Beeches a modest, hilly wood marking the start of the Chiltern Hills.
The village's name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means Tæppa's barrow; the Anglo-Saxon burial mound of Tæppa 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 and was the site of the manor house.
William Grenfell, 1st Baron Desborough lived at Taplow Court. Neighbouring is Cliveden, former home and parkland of Nancy Astor in the parish. Both aspects of Cliveden are today open under the National Trust scheme though part of the main building is used as a hotel for visiting dignitaries to the UK.
In 1883 a number of important Anglo-Saxon royal grave goods were discovered, reflecting similar discoveries in Prittlewell, Broomfiled, and Sutton Hoo. The inventory of grave goods is impressive, and though the overall collection is less than that from the ship-burial in Mound 1 at Sutton Hoo, many individual objects are closely comparable and of similar quality.
The church was built in 1911 but includes one of the earliest surviving brass memorials to a civilian in England, made in about 1350 which would place it in the seven years of the Black Death (plague).
|2001 UK Census||Taplow ward||South Bucks borough||England|
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.
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.
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