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Wendover

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For other places named "Wendover", see Wendover, Utah, and West Wendover, Nevada.

Template:GBdot Wendover is a picturesque market town that sits at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in Buckinghamshire, England. The mainly arable parish is 5,832 acres (24 km²) in size and boasts many hamlets that nestle in amongst the lush forest on the surrounding hills.

The town name is of Brythonic origin and means "white waters", pertaining to the stream that rises in the adjacent hills and flows through the middle of the town, bringing chalk deposits on its way. The parish church of St Mary sits outside the town to the east on the hillside: a feature that is very common among towns with strong Celtic origins.

The town has had a Royal charter to hold a weekly market since 1464 meaning that officially it is a town rather than a village, although today many residents of Wendover like to refer to it as the latter.

The town was once the home of Anne Boleyn whose father held the manor of Aylesbury among his many estates. There is still a row of houses in the town today, known as Anne Boleyn's Cottages. The town is also believed to be the birthplace of the medieval chronicler Roger of Wendover.

The town is at the terminus of the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal, which joins Tring summit level of the Grand Union main line beside Marsworth top lock. Disused for over a century, the arm is in course of being restored by the Wendover Arm Trust (http://www.wendovercanal.org.uk). Remote and rural for almost all its length, the canal attracts much local wildlife.

Today the town is very popular with commuters working in London who have made it a very expensive area in which to live. The popularity is due partly to the town's easy access to London by road, partly to the railway station in the town served by Chiltern Railways from London Marylebone via Amersham, and partly because it is so picturesque. Property values have risen dramatically in recent years since the completion of the Wendover Bypass removed through traffic from the town's narrow streets.

There are four schools in the town; The John Hampden School (Age 4-7), Wendover Church of England Junior School (Age 7-11), The John Colet School (Age 11-18) and Wendover House School (Special Educational Needs)

The town is home to actor David Jason and is a popular stopping off point for the Prime Minister due to its proximity to Chequers. The town is twinned with the town of Liffre, Brittany, France.

The many hamlets in Wendover parish include:

  • Cobblers Hill
  • Concord
  • Dean
  • The Hale
  • Hazeldean
  • Kings Ash
  • Little London
  • Scrubwood
  • Smalldean
  • Swan Bottom
  • Wendover Dean
  • Wendover Marsh
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