Winslow, Buckinghamshire

Winslow, Buckinghamshire

Infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Winslow
latitude= 51.940305
longitude= -0.887017
civil_parish= Winslow
population = 4,519 [ [ Neighbourhood Statistics 2001 Census] ]
shire_district= Aylesbury Vale
shire_county= Buckinghamshire
region= South East England
constituency_westminster= Buckingham
post_town= BUCKINGHAM
postcode_district= MK18
postcode_area= MK
dial_code= 01296
os_grid_reference= SP7627

Winslow is a small market town and also a civil parish designated as a town council within Aylesbury Vale district in north Buckinghamshire. It has a population of about 4500.Fact|date=March 2008

The town was first recorded in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 795 as "Wineshlauu", which translated into modern English means "Wine's Mound". In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was recorded as "Weneslai".

One of the finest buildings in Buckinghamshire is situated in this small town. Winslow Hall, which sits on the main road leading into the town from Aylesbury, is thought to have been designed by Sir Christopher Wren circa 1700, in his latter days twenty-five years after he designed St Paul's Cathedral in London. The building, while smaller than some other local mansions, is magnificently designed nonetheless.

Today the town has grown to house the expanding population, but the small town hasn't lost any of its quaint rural charm. The 11th century parish church in High Street is dedicated to St Laurence, and is twinned with St Paul’s Church in Winslow, Arizona. [cite web
title=Benefice Profile
] The church has a ring of 8 bells with the heaviest weighing in at 19cwt.

The town formerly had its own railway station on the "Varsity Line" (Oxford/Cambridge), with a spur to Aylesbury (from Verney Junction). The trackbed remains in place and, when reopened, will facilitate more sustainable commuting to Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Oxford.

The Whaddon Chase fox hunt has traditionally met in the Town Square at Winslow every Boxing Day for many years. The occasion is very well attended with over a thousand people visiting the town on Boxing Day each year. The Brass Band from the nearby village of Great Horwood playing Christmas carols are always in attendance.

Winslow United F.C. is based here.

Winslow is home to Furze Down School for children with special educational needs, who are between 5 and 19 years old. The town is also served by Winslow Church of England Combined School, which is a mixed, voluntary controlled, primary school, that takes children from the age of four through to the age of eleven. The school has approximately 520 pupils. The catchment secondary schools for Winslow children are Buckingham School and the Royal Latin School in nearby Buckingham, and The Cottesloe School in Wing. [cite web
title=Catchment area maps
publisher=Buckinghamshire County Council

Winslow has been twinned with Cours La Ville, France, since 1980. [cite web
title=Winslow Anglo French Twinning Association


External links

* [ St. Laurence Church, Winslow]

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