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Beaconsfield is a market town in the county of Buckinghamshire, south-east of Aylesbury and north-west from London, close to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a popular suburban town with London commuters.
The town falls in two parts - the picturesque old town, as developed over the centuries before the coming of the trains to Beaconsfield, and the newer part that arose with the expansion caused by commuters. A market is held in Beaconsfield each Tuesday, in the Old Town.
The Church of Saint Mary, built of stone and flint by the Victorians, is among the most important buildings in Beaconsfield.
A popular attraction in Beaconsfield is the Bekenscot Model Village. The first of its type in the world, the small-scale towns and villages - which represent the 'ideal' towns and villages of the 1920's-1930's was built during the 1920's and has attracted many millions of visitors since. There is also a mini small-gauge railway that drives around the villages and gardens, very popular with children.
Also near to Beaconsfield, a pub called the 'Royal Standard of England' is one of the oldest pubs to be found in England, claiming to have been selling beer for over 900 years. It's in a lovely building and has also recently won a 'Pub of the Year' award. not to be missed!
There are plenty of chances to enjoy the surrounding countryside of the Chilterns by foot or bike, including some traditional woodlands such as Penn Wood, Common Wood and Burnham Beeches.