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Famous People from Buckinghamshire

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Buckinghamshire is the home to many films and TV series’ - from Bond to Bridget Jones, Inspector Morse to DCI Tom Barnaby, and Harry Potter, gracing the county. The beautiful rural countryside, quaint villages, stunning stately houses and close proximity to Pinewood Studios, make Buckinghamshire one of the top filming locations in the country.

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  • Anne Boleyn owned property in Wendover.
  • Edmund Burke Born 12 January 1729 Dublin, Ireland Died 9 July 1797 Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, was an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher who, after moving to England, served for many years in the House of Commons of Great Britain as a member of the Whig party. Lived in house called Burkes Court.


  • Gilbert Keith Chesterton born 9 May 1874 Kensington, London, Died 14 June 1936 (aged 62) Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, Occupation Journalist, Novelist, Essayist






Charles Heath Charles Heath(1826-1900) Was a much respected English Tutor to the last Tzar of Russia who lived with them for 40 years and on his death was given a state funeral

  • John Hampden (ca. 1595 – 1643) was an English politician, the eldest son of William Hampden, of Hampden House, Great Hampden in Buckinghamshire, (b. 1570), son of Griffith Hampden and Anne Cavea and descendant of a very ancient family of that county, said to have been established there before the Norman conquest, and of Elizabeth, second daughter of Sir Henry Cromwell, and aunt of Oliver Cromwell.
  • King Henry VIII is said to have made Aylesbury the county town in preference to Buckingham because Boleyn's father owned property there and was a regular visitor himself.
  • Beaconsfield and Viscount Hughenden His home was Hughenden Manor, nr High Wycombe (previous home of Dormers) He served in government in four decades, twice as Prime Minister of Great Britain. He played a central role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party after the Corn Laws schism of 1846



  • Jerome Klapka Jerome (1859 – 1927) was an English writer and humorist, best known for the comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat (1889) who lived at Marlow




  • Prince Michael of Kent, member of the British Royal Family, born in Iver in South Bucks
  • John Milton (1608 –1674) - English poet, polemicist, a scholarly man of letters, and a civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell, lived in Chalfont St Giles and his cottage can still be visited there



  • St Osyth was born in Quarrendon and was buried in Aylesbury in the 7th century


  • Thomas Love Peacock (18 October 1785 – 23 January 1866), an English novelist, poet, and official of the East India Company, lived in Marlow








  • Edmund Waller, FRS (3 March 1606 – 21 October 1687) who was an English poet and politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1624 and 1679 was brought up in Beaconsfield.
  • John Wilkes ( 1725 – 1797) was an English radical, journalist, and politician. He was MP for Aylesbury
  • John Wycliffe (c. 1324 - 1384) lived in Ludgershall. See Biography


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