Great Missenden

Guide to Great Missenden, a pretty Bucks village, located between Amersham and Wendover.

One Stop Guide to Great Missenden

A large village located in the county of Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom, Great Missenden stands in the River Misbourne valley, roughly midway between the towns of Wendover and Amersham.

The village has a population of around 2,000 and lies just off the A413 Aylesbury to London highway.


Location: Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom.

Population: Parish 9,946 (2001 Census), Electoral Ward 2,192 (2001).

Postcode: HP16

Telephone Dialling Code: 01494

Name: The most common theory is that the Missenden part of the name comes from the Old English, and relates to the words 'mysse' and 'denu', meaning roughly "valley where marsh plants grow', no doubt relating to its proximity to the River Misbourne. The 'Great' was used to distinguish it from other places called Missenden.

Overview: Perhaps best known as the former home of the now deceased author Roald Dahl, Great Missenden is an attractive village, retaining much of its original old English charm, its known history goes back to the foundation of an abbey possibly as far back as 1133, the present abbey is now a conference centre owned by the Buckinghamshire New University. One of its main attractions is the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, housed in an old coaching inn, it opened in 2005.


Here are some population figures for Great Missenden over the centuries:

Great Missenden History:

Though probably settled much earlier the known history of Great Missenden appears to begin with the founding of an Augustine abbey, possibly in 1133 (according to an old convent register), though later recorded as having been founded in 1293 by Sir William de Missenden.

Missenden AbbeyThe abbey was sold in 1536 and became a country residence for a succession of wealthy families, it was sold to Buckinghamshire County Council in 1941, and became a centre for adult learning.

The abbey was gutted by fire in 1985, the interior was subsequently restored, it was sold on to the Buckinghamshire New University in the 1990's. The present Gothic style parish church of St Peter and St Paul was built during the 14th and 15th centuries with later 19th century additions, there was no doubt an older church which would have been close to the abbey, this is known because the first vicar is recorded as Richard de Oxon in 1200.

Great Missenden Pubs:

The George Inn - Address: 94 High Street, Gt Missenden, Bucks, HP16 0BG. Telephone Number: 01494 862 084.

The Black Horse - Address: Aylesbury Road, Mobwell, Gt Missenden, Bucks, HP16 9AX. Telephone Number: 01494 862537.

The Cross Keys - Address: 40 High Street, Gt Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AU. Telephone Number: 01494 865 373.

Great Missenden Schools:

Great Missenden C of E Combined School - Address: Church Street, Gt Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0AZ. Telephone Number: 01494 862 310.

Misbourne Secondary School - Address: Gt Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0BN. Telephone Number: 01494 862 869.

Great Missenden Churches:

Great Missenden Church - St Peter and St PaulSt Peter and St Paul - Address: Church Lane, Gt Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 0QR. Telephone Number: 01494 728 988.

Great Missenden Baptist Church - Address: 4 The Garth, Gt Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 9AQ. Telephone Number: 01494 862 120.

Local Surgery:

Prospect House Surgery - Address: 108 High Street, Gt Missenden, HP16 0BG. Telephone Number: 01494 862 325.

Local Library:

Great Missenden Library - Address: High St, Gt Missenden, Bucks, HP16 0AL. Telephone Number: 01494 864 659.

Missenden Abbey Conference Centre:

Missenden Abbey Conference Centre - Address: London Road, Gt Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD. Telephone Number: 01494 866 811.

Great Missenden High StreetLocal Attractions:

The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre - Address: 81 High St, Gt Missenden, Bucks, HP16 0AN. Telephone Number: 01494 892 192. A delightful little museum handily located in the High Street in the centre of the village, the Roald Dahl Museum targets six to twelve year olds, with interactive Story Centre and two fun-packed galleries. Open Tuesdays to Fridays 10.00am to 5.00pm (closed Mondays except Bank Holidays), Saturdays and Sundays 11.00am to 5.00pm.

Sports & Activities:

Missenden FC - Home Ground: Buryfield, The Link Road, Gt Missenden, Buckinghamshire, HP16 9AE. Telephone Number: Not Available.

The Lee Cricket Club - Address: Chiltern Manor Park, Gt Missenden. Telephone: 01494 837 174.

Great Missenden Hotels / Accommodation / Cottages / Bed and Breakfast / B&B

The Nags Head - Address: London Road, Gt Missenden, Bucks HP16 0DG. Tel: 01494 862200 (15th century 4 Star hotel, country inn and restaurant, it has five double & twin rooms for accommodation in the village).

Bed and Breakfast: Rickyard Cottage - Address: Denner Hill, Gt Missenden, Bucks HP16 0HZ. Tel: 01494 488388. (Exclusive luxury B&B accommodation).

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