The name Burnham is derived from the Old English for “homestead on a stream” and the village was first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Burneham. Today Burnham in Buckinghamshire lies just north of the River Thames and sandwiched between the major towns of Slough to the South East (4 miles away) and Maidenhead to the South West (just under 5 miles away). Burnham was once an important village: the Great West Road (now the A4) from London to Bath passed through the parish and as a result, in 1271, a Royal Charter was granted to hold a market and an annual fair.
Burnham village has a thriving and traditional High Street, with several 18th and 19th century buildings and five pubs. At the south end of the High Street is a large park, which contains the community centre of Burnham Park Hall and a small public library.
Nearby Burnham Beeches, a picturesque 374-hectare woodland is a popular destination, especially for film makers over the decades, largely due to the proximity of Pinewood, Shepperton and Bray Studios. Eagle-eyed film buffs will recognise settings for Harry Potter, The Princess Bride, and American Werewolf in London, to name a few. The official home of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Dorneywood, is also within the Parish of Burnham.
Nearby are the communities of Taplow, including a geological Site of Special Scientific Interest, South Lodge Pit; Bray, with its stunning riverside walks; and Britwell, one of the original new housing estates built after World War II to house bombed-out Londoners. Burnham also boasts Cliveden as a neighbour, the former home and parkland of Nancy Astor and now open under the National Trust scheme, although part of the main building is also used as a hotel for visiting dignitaries to the UK.
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