The village of Denham lies within the county of Buckinghamshire, just seventeen miles from central London. The name Denham is Old English for ‘homestead in the valley’ and the small settlement was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086.
Denham Film Studios were based here from 1936 until 1952, when the site was the largest film production facility in the UK. Classic films including ‘Brief Encounter’, ‘In Which We Serve’ and David Lean’s ‘Great Expectations’ were produced here. During the 1950’s Denham was notably one of the top centres for recording film scores and music, post production synching and foley sound effects. The buildings were demolished in the 1980s and subsequently re-landscaped for business use, and then redeveloped into luxury housing. Famous inhabitants have included Roger Moore, Cilla Black and Paul Daniels.
Nowadays, Denham has a population of around 7,500. It’s also the European Headquarters for IHG Hotels and Resorts, and the German engineering and technology company Bosch have their UK head office in Denham.
A similar size to neighbouring Denham, Harefield also dates back to the Domesday book where it was listed as ‘Herefelle’, a combination of the Anglo-Saxon words ‘here’ meaning army and ‘felle’ meaning field. Archaeologists have found proof of ancient settlements in the area, discovering artefacts dating from the Mesolithic period, at least four thousand years ago.
Harefield Park was a military hospital during World War I, serving injured soldiers from Australia and New Zealand. A more permanent structure was built in 1935, and Harefield Hospital joined the NHS in 1948. Since then, the facility has evolved to become one of the leading transplant centres in the world. Renowned cardiologists Paul Wood and Walter Somerville were among the pioneer staff of consultants, and Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub who performed the worlds first heart and lung transplant in 1983. Other famous medical residents include Alexander Fleming (1881-1955) the Nobel Prize winning biologist who discovered penicillin and was the Regional Pathologist at Harefield Hospital in 1939.
Harefield is associated with three recipients of the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest honour for ‘valour in the presence of the enemy’. This is an unusually high number for a population of around 7,500.
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