15 things you didn't know about Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire & The Chilterns is an area of outstanding natural beauty but there's even more to it than meets the eye.

1. Buckinghamshire has more National Trust properties than any other county in the United Kingdom.

2. Milton Keynes is the largest town in Buckinghamshire.

3. In Buckinghamshire you can find Chequers. A mansion estate owned by the government, which has been the country retreat for Prime Ministers since 1921.

4. We are also known as ‘Midsomer County’ because of the amount of filming locations that have been used in the hit TV series, Midsomer Murders.

5.The first pineapple ever grown in the UK (possibly also the last) was cultivated at Buckinghamshire's Dorney Court for Charles II.

6. Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway is the only vintage steam train to have a platform which directly connects to London.

7. There is also a ‘Bucks County’ in Pennsylvania, in the United States of America, which some confuse us with. And the name for ‘Pennsylvania’ orientated from the town Penn, in Buckinghamshire.

8. Roald Dahl lived in the Buckinghamshire village of Great Missenden for 35 years. The surrounding woodland and area inspired some of his most famous books. You can visit the very popular Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Great Missenden village.

9. Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire is the birthplace of the Paralympics. The first Stoke Mandeville Games, precursor to the Paralympic Games were held here in 1948.

10. The Waterside Theatre in the Buckinghamshire town of Aylesbury is the only theatre in England that has been built in the last 10 years.

11. Buckinghamshire has been home to the most prime-ministers, including Disraeli whose county retreat was Hughenden Manor

12. You can find the world’s oldest model village, Bekonscot in Beaconsfield, and it has been here since 1929.

13. Hypnos which is based in Princes Risborough is the only active bed supplier to the Royal family.

15. Buckinghamshire is the most filmed county in England! Including famous films like, Star Wars, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and James Bond and TV shows such as Bridgerton, Killing Eve and Midsomer Murders.

16. The Chilterns Conservation Board reintroduced red kites to the Oxfordshire-Buckinghamshire border on 1 August 1989. It was one of the UK's most successful conservation projects.

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