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High Wycombe, Penn & Tylers Green

Also Includes

Hazlemere and Holmer Green

Postcode Areas Covered

HP10, HP11, HP12, HP13 and HP15

Our Summary

This is an interesting location that has a lot to offer. Quick and easy access to the M25 and a fast train into Central London make this area a suitable alternative to the London suburbs. There's a good choice of housing in most price brackets, and good local amenities. Local state schooling is amongst the best in the UK.

General Description

High Wycombe, also known locally as Wycombe, is the largest town in The Chilterns to the north west of London. The Chilterns are a range of attractive low lying hills and a delight for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers. The country areas outside the developed towns are generally protected by the strict AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) planning, or zoning, classification.

The M40 which runs from Birmingham, via Oxford, to London allows easy access to the M25 motorway (London Orbital Motorway). High Wycombe is also situated on the Chiltern train line connecting London Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill.

High Wycombe has long been associated with the furniture industry due to the surrounding Beech woods and is famous for the Windsor Chair. The highly-skilled woodworkers who produced the legs, stretchers and spindles for the chairs were known as Bodgers. Nowadays furniture production in High Wycombe is purely bespoke with mass production having moved to the Far East many years ago.

Today High Wycombe is a modern, vibrant town with cultural diversity reflected in its population. The town has undergone redevelopment in recent years with an ongoing enhancement plan to regenerate the town and redesign the infrastructure by 2019. March 2016 saw the completion of the £150m Handy Cross Hub redevelopment which includes a state of the art leisure complex, large Waitrose and a new purpose-built coachway park and ride, which will provide fast coach services to London and Heathrow.

Pretty rural villages surround the town offering a wide range of housing prices and styles, yet all within a short drive of all the amenities that High Wycombe has to offer.

Hazlemere and Holmer Green are situated to the north of High Wycombe. Holmer Green has a village atmosphere with its duck pond and village green. Some of the housing here dates back to the 19th century and was originally built for the workers of the country estates and farms in the area. Hazlemere is a larger housing area with a good choice of middle-income housing. There is excellent local day-to-day shopping in the area adding to a strong community feel.

Penn and Tylers Green are to the north east of High Wycombe. They are ancient areas with archaeological evidence to suggest activity here during the Bronze and Stone ages. Tylers Green was known as Hammersley by the Saxons, meaning hill clearing, and the name Hammersley Lane remains today. William Penn, who was to found Pennsylvania, held Quaker meetings in the home of his future wife during the 17th Century. She lived in a large old house on the common. Today Penn and Tylers Green retain their quaint village charm and are centred round the village Green with its duck pond. Cricket has been played on the Green since the 18th century and celebrity matches are often played here during the summer.

Travel Times

From High Wycombe to... By Car By Train/Tube
Central London 32 miles, 50 mins 26 mins (direct to London Marylebone)
Heathrow Airport 22 miles, 26 mins 85 mins (2 changes)
Gatwick Airport 58 miles, 55 mins 105 mins (2 changes)
Oxford 30 miles, 40 mins 35 mins (direct)

The journey times detailed above By Car are for driving during off-peak times. The By Train / Tube travel is for the fastest journey that you will get at peak-times during the week.

Types of Housing and Pricing

High Wycombe town centre offers mainly 2 or 3 bedroom Victorian terraced housing, but larger properties are situated in the roads leading out of the town. More recently a number of apartment blocks have been built within a short walk from the town centre and train station which are proving popular with commuters to London.

The housing in Penn is high quality and very sought after. The properties are mainly large detached houses, especially on the Beaconsfield side of Penn. Penn flows seamlessly in to Tylers Green where the housing becomes denser, and uniform in style having been built mainly in the 1970's. The properties become smaller as the road through Penn reaches Tylers Green and then goes onto Hazlemere.

Hazlemere is quite densely populated and has a couple of large housing estates. These were originally constructed during the 1970's but have been added to more recently. The majority of the housing in Holmer Green was also built in the 70's but there are also some more recently built properties as well as some turn of the century cottages.

High Wycombe, Penn & Tylers Green
  To Purchase To Rent
1 bed £95,000 - £225,000 £500 - £1250 per month
2 bed £95,000 - £225,000 £500 - £1250 per month
3-4 bed £95,000 - £225,000 £500 - £1250 per month
5+ bed £95,000 - £225,000 £500 - £1250 per month

The above data represents an average range of property prices in the area. We have excluded extremes of pricing from our data set.

Education

Education in the UK is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 16. Many state-funded schools offer a nursery class from age 4 and independent nursery from as young as 6 months. There is also a choice of both state and independent schools that offer higher education to age 18.

The Local Authority (LA) for the area is Buckinghamshire and it is responsible for state-funded schools, including their admissions.
www.buckscc.gov.uk/education

Buckinghamshire is a popular location for families with school-age children as it is one of only a few remaining LA’s that uses a selective system for comprehensive state school education. As such there are fewer independent schools in the area.

To view a map showing schools in the local area, please click the button below. Each school on the map can be clicked to show further information, including OFSTED ratings, exam results, age ranges and number of pupils.

Schools Map

Key

  • Primary
  • Ranked in Top 10%
  • Requires Improvement
  • Secondary
  • Oustanding
  • Inadequate
  • Primary and Secondary
  • Good
  • Independent School

We can help you to get round the nuances of the British schooling system with our school search services. We offer a range of programmes, from basic consultancy with one of our education specialists, to detailed reporting on every suitable school for your child or children, through to fully accompanied school inspections where we take you to see your top school choices.

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Local Authority, Taxation and Crime Rates

Wycombe District Council is the administrative authority responsible for the local area. They levy an annual charge known as 'Council Tax' for local services such as waste collection, street lighting, police and fire services. You should expect to pay Council Tax whether you are renting or buying.
www.wycombe.gov.uk
www.wycombe.gov.uk/council-services/council-tax.aspx

The police authority for the area is Thames Valley. For non-emergency calls to the police, telephone 101.
www.police.uk/thames-valley

Your local Member of Parliament (MP) is elected by their local constituents to represent their interests and concerns in the House of Commons.
www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps

A good source of information for crime rates in the area is ‘Illustreets’. The website has a great interactive map which provides detailed local statistics, including standards of living.
illustreets.co.uk/explore-england

Shopping

High Wycombe has a busy town centre with two undercover shopping centres and a traditional high street. One of the best outdoor markets in the region can be found in the high street every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. A popular recent addition to the market is the ever evolving Street Food Court which can be found in the cobbled area of Little Market House.

The Eden Centre, which opened in 2008 after redevelopment of the existing shopping areas, has over 100 businesses, including a four storey House of Fraser department store.

There is a John Lewis Department store, Waitrose and Next Home just outside of the town centre. Large DIY stores and a small retail park can be found on the London Road leading into High Wycombe.

Penn and Tylers Green only have a couple of small village shops for groceries. Hazlemere has a good local shopping area known locally as Cosy Corner!

There are five main supermarkets chains in the UK: Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Tesco and Waitrose. However, they now face competition from other brands such as Aldi, Lidl, The Co-Op and Marks & Spencer. Most offer on-line shopping facilities as well as Ocado, which is the only completely online grocery retailer in the UK, that offers Waitrose quality produce.

Waitrose and Marks and Spencer offer higher quality produce with prices reflecting this. Sainsbury’s and Tesco offer good value for money for a weekly family shop and Asda, Morrisons and The Co-Op are competitively priced with a larger range of budget everyday items. Aldi and Lidl are German brands that stock produce typical to the UK. They are often referred to as discount stores and offer fewer products.

As part of our Home Search Programme, we will orientate you around your target areas and show you where the nearest shopping centres and supermarkets are.

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Leisure Facilities

Wycombe Leisure Centre - has recently been redeveloped with the centre now having an eight lane 50m pool with moveable floor and sub-aqua dive pit, 20m learner pool, splash zone, climbing wall, 150 station gym, dance studios, 12 court sports hall, bowls, steam room and sauna, two squash courts, party rooms and café.
www.placesforpeopleleisure.org/centres/wycombe-leisure-centre

Wycombe Rye Lido - one of the few remaining outdoor heated pools in the country. There is a main pool and heated children’s pool. The Lido also offers outdoor tennis courts, 5-a-side AstroTurf pitches, floodlit outdoor sports area, exercise studios, gym and weights, exercise classes, indoor cycling studio, crèche and café. The Lido is situated on The Rye which is the second largest park in the district set in 53 acres.
www.fusion-lifestyle.com/centres/Wycombe_Rye_Lido
www.wycombe.gov.uk/council-services/leisure-and-culture/parks-and-recreation/parks/the-rye-and-holywell-mead.aspx

Wycombe Heights Golf Club - a pay and play club with both an 18 hole and 9 hole course. The club has a floodlit driving range and friendly clubhouse. Located on the outskirts of High Wycombe the club caters for all standards of player.
www.wycombeheightsgc.co.uk

Hazlemere Golf Club - an 18 hole, Par 70 course in an attractive setting close to Penn Woods. From the scenic course you are likely to see the glorious Red Kites flying above, following their re-introduction to The Chilterns.
www.hazlemeregolfclub.co.uk

Cineworld Cinema - in The Eden Centre in the heart of High Wycombe. The multiplex 12 screen cinema shows the latest films, Bollywood movies, 3D films and digital live performances.
www1.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas/high-wycombe

Empire Cinema - just outside of High Wycombe has eight screens and shows the latest blockbuster movies. There is a Frankie & Benny’s restaurant next to the cinema and a TGI Fridays within a 5 minute walk.
www.empirecinemas.co.uk/nowshowing/t2

Hollywood Bowl - has 22 fully computerised lanes with a separate 4 lane VIP Lounge. There is an arcade area and bar which also serves food.
www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk/our_centres/high_wycombe

Wycombe Swan Theatre - offers a varied mix of productions and a pantomime during the Christmas period. There is a popular youth theatre for 10 to 19 year olds offering work-shops as well as presenting a yearly show.h
wycombeswan.co.uk/online

Local Attractions

Wycombe Chair Museum - Exhibits include some hands on displays and show the handcrafts, industry and history of the local area.
www.wycombe.gov.uk/museum

West Wycombe Caves - Originally excavated in the 1750's by Sir Francis Dashwood, these chalk caves were used by the Hell-Fire Club for some of their meetings.
www.hellfirecaves.co.uk

Wycombe Wanderers FC - Buckinghamshire's only Football League Club plays at Adams Park in High Wycombe.
www.wycombewanderers.co.uk

Hughenden Manor - Visit the home and gardens of Queen Victoria's favourite Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hughenden

West Wycombe Park - The Palladian home of Dashwood is set in 45 acres of park land and often used for filming and has most recently featured in Downton Abbey.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/west-wycombe-park-village-and-hill

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