Established as the county town of Buckinghamshire in the 10th century before handing the title to Aylesbury in the 1700s, Buckingham is located near to the Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire boarders. A thriving market town, Buckingham has a variety of independent local shops as well as national chains and is a town with a strong community spirit.
An abundance of history
Thought to have been founded by Bucca, the Anglo Saxon leader, in the 7th century, Buckingham has a vast history, and is mentioned in the Doomsday Book as far back as 1086. The town received its charter from Queen Mary in 1554 and is also thought to be the final resting place of St. Rumbold, whose name is given to many local road names and buildings in the area.
In the heart of town is the magnificent Buckingham Old Gaol, now the town’s museum. Originally built in 1748 and designed by local architect George Gilbert Scott – whose name is also given to local road names – the Gaol has not only previously been a gaol, it has also been home to the police, fire brigade and an antiques shop.
Brimming with culture
The town still plays host to markets on a Tuesday and Saturday each week, as well as being home to three football teams, a rugby club, cricket club and the Swan Leisure Centre, which boasts a swimming pool and rock climbing facilities. There is also the well-equipped garden centre to the north of town, just opposed to the established Buckingham golf course.
Close by, the beautiful National Trust-owned Stowe Landscape Gardens provide a peaceful spot for a relaxing walk, and for those more inclined to an adrenaline rush, the Silverstone Circuit is also not far away.
Why choose Buckingham?
Buckingham is the best of both worlds: a bustling town that is located close to other established towns – Aylesbury, Bicester, Milton Keynes and Northampton – but is also sequestered in the beautiful English countryside. The local villages around Buckingham are all full of character, offering a natural respite for those looking to lead a quieter life.
The town has every amenity you could wish for: fantastic pubs; local independent restaurants and shops; superb hotels and hospitality, plus your well-known national chains of restaurant and supermarket.
Homes in Buckingham
Like its nearby neighbour Winslow, Buckingham is the perfect mix of period homes and modern properties. Those looking to invest will find plenty of properties to suit students at the local university, whilst those looking for a family home will find plenty to suit their every need in and around the area. Those wanting a truly unique home – be it modern or more classical – will find both in abundance in this superb town.