The town is located on Junction 2 of the M40 less than 25 miles north west of the centre of London. The town's train station is served by Chiltern Railways who run regular trains from Birmingham Snow Hill to London Marylebone.
GIORGIO SADOTTI SOUND LIKES I (A COMPOSING) Arch Space 25 June–4 September 2016
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Local pop band The Hit Parade released their single "On The Road To Beaconsfield", a celebration of Enid Blyton and her life in the town, in 1994.
Dr Liam Fox, the former Defence Secretary, was a GP here before being elected to Parliament.
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Beaconsfield i/ˈbɛkənzfiːld/ is a market town and civil parish within the South Bucks district in Buckinghamshire centred 23.6 miles (38 km) WNW of London[n 1] and 17 miles (27 km) SSE of the county's administrative town, Aylesbury. Four towns are within five miles: Slough, Amersham, Gerrards Cross and High Wycombe.
The annual programme consists of a range of exhibitions, residencies, talks and events as well as interventions in public space.
The town is adjacent to the Chiltern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has a wide area of Georgian, neo-Georgian and Tudor revival high street architecture, known as the Old Town. It is celebrated for the first model village in the world and, in education, a direction and technical production institute, the National Film and Television School.
The New Town was built 1 mile further to the north, when the railway arrived, at the turn of the 20th century. The railway station is on the Chiltern Main Line out of Marylebone towards High Wycombe it then branches to Aylesbury, and Birmingham Snow Hill. Old Beaconsfield which grew up on the Oxford Road in part to serve the coach traffic, is mirrored by New Beaconsfield which has grown up round the station.
The parish comprises Beaconsfield town and land mainly given over arable land. Some beech forest remains to supply an established beech furniture industry in High Wycombe, the making of modal and various artisan uses.
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Dominic Grieve is the Member of Parliament for Beaconsfield, first elected in 1997, and the former Attorney General. Tony Blair, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom famously contested the seat in a by-election in 1982 and lost to Tim Smith, who with Neil Hamilton took part in the cash-for-questions affair which was the financial part of the Major ministry sleaze uncovered before the United Kingdom general election, 1997.
In the Victorian era the town was the home constituency of Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 1868 and then again from 1874 until 1880 (in fact his home, Hughenden Manor is in the nearby town of High Wycombe). In 1876 he was made the 1st Earl of Beaconsfield by Queen Victoria with whom he was very popular. It was due to this, that Beaconsfield became a popular road name in industrial cities across the country in the late Victorian era.
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To accompany WINDAUGE, Giorgio Sadotti installs GIORGIO SADOTTI SOUND LIKES I (A COMPOSING) in the Arch space. To open the exhibitions, the band of the same name – GIORGIO SADOTTI – made a special performance at the preview on Friday 24 June at 8pm. Line up: Giorgio Sadotti, Mary George, Leda Sadotti and Jamie Kirkbride.
From sports equipment to musical instruments, arts and crafts to fashion and millinery there really is something for everyone. There is also a friendly and welcoming Tuesday market in the Old Town and the monthly farmers market is also a very popular addition to the Beaconsfield retail scene.
If you wish to eat al fresco or take a walk, there is a large lakeside terrace with paths into the landscaped grounds and preserved woodlands, plus a great play area for children to enjoy. You can also come and relax with us over a nice meal whilst watching your favourite sporting events on our giant screen TV.
The Royal Standard pub, located a mile away from the centre of the town, is a popular visitor attraction as it is reported to be the oldest Free House in England, playing host to King Charles I during the civil war. Successful children's writer Enid Blyton and former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli both have strong links to Beaconsfield town.
Jane Mulfinger and Graham Budgett are artists and academics from the University of California Santa Barbara. Giorgio Sadotti joins the artists for an international discussion about collaborative practice, site-specificity, British conceptualism, the digital image and related topics.
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In 1624, Waller's family acquired Wilton Manor and Hall Barn in the town. "The Wallers, who came from Speldhurst, Kent," says the Victoria County history of Buckinghamshire, "were settled at Beaconsfield as early as the 14th century."
Beaconsfield is also home to the Chiltern Shakespeare Company, which annually holds amateur performances of Shakespeare plays, Beaconsfield Theatre Group (over 60 years old), Beaconsfield Operatic Society (over 100 years old) and to The Young Theatre (at Beaconsfield), a theatre company "run by young people for young people" and winners of the All British Festival of One Act Plays in 2004.
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-scape is a new video compilation featuring artists from the Californian coast, curated by Jane Mulfinger, from 10 August with Maya Guranz, Jane Chang Mi, Kio Griffith, Laurel Beckman, Stephanie Washburn.
The M40 runs very close to the town with its eponymous Junction 2 on the parish boundary and is 4 lanes wide in either direction (junctions 1 to 3). Junction 2 is home to Beaconsfield motorway services. Local roads include the A355 which connects Amersham and Slough via Beaconsfield. The A40 parallels the M40 from London to Oxford and for years was the main road between the two cities as its precursor. The B474 connects the town to Hazlemere.
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Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall (BGV) provides a critical space for creative enquiry.
The parish church at the crossroads of Old Beaconsfield is dedicated to St Mary, it was rebuilt of flint and bath stone by the Victorians in 1869. The United Reformed Church in Beaconsfield can trace its roots of non-conformist worship in the town back to 1704. Old Beaconsfield has a number of old coaching inns along a wide street of red brick houses and small shops. It was the first (coach) stopping point on the road between London and Oxford.
Seduced by the distinctive architecture of the former Lambeth Ragged School and its contemporary history, artists Jane Mulfinger and Graham Budgett travel from California for their latest collaboration, WINDAUGE, commissioned by Beaconsfield Gallery Vauxhall. Mulfinger & Budgett’s installation empowers a single viewer’s experience of the world from a particular point of view through various electronic and architectural devices.
It is the burial place of the author G. K. Chesterton, Edmund Burke and the poet Edmund Waller, for whom a tall stone obelisk was erected over the tomb chest in St Mary and All Saints churchyard.
An annual fair is traditionally held on 10 May. Its charter, dating from 1269,originally allowed for a yearly market for the trading of goods and livestock, but it has now developed into a funfair, erected for one day only on the main roads of the "Old Town". In recent years some residents have opposed the fair as a hindrance to the Old Town, and have called for it to be scrapped even though the fair has been going for over 735 years.
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Beaconsfield is recorded in property returns of 1185 where it is spelt Bekenesfeld, literally beechen field which would less archaically be read as 'clearing in the beeches'. Nearby Burnham Beeches is a forest named after the beech genus.
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