The town of Aylesbury, nestled in the Aylesbury Vale district, is one of the administrative hubs of the county of Buckinghamshire. The town lies at the midpoint of a rich clay area and serves as the primary town in the county.
Excavations carried out in Aylesbury in 1985 discovered the remains of an Iron Age hill fort dating from the early 4th century BC. The town also received international notoriety in 1963 when it became the setting for the trial of the criminals who carried out the Great Train Robbery. The theft of over £2m happened next to a railway bridge near Ledburn, about six miles from the town.
A bustling market town, even to this day, Aylesbury is close to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Perhaps best known for producing some of the tastiest duck of the 19th century, the town offers both history and heritage, in addition to a modern shopping centre and the usual nightlife supplied by a contemporary town.
Fairly centrally located, people in Aylesbury looking to visit the coast are in for a trek. Who doesn’t love a visit to a coastal resort by the seaside on a sunny day with family or friends? Unfortunately for sun seekers living in the Aylesbury area, the closest beach as the crow flies is Bell Wharf Beach which is in Leigh on Sea, Essex and is over 60 miles away from the town.
The town currently has a masterplan to transform Aylesbury into a thriving, vibrant, innovative and great place to live, work and invest in. Designated a garden town in January 2017, Aylesbury has been pinpointed as a key area for population growth in the UK, with over 16,000 new homes planned for development in the area over the next 30 years. The plan was approved by the government in July 2020 and represents a good opportunity to transform and reshape Aylesbury.
Even with recent developments, Aylesbury retains its historic centre and still hosts a market on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in the traditional cobbled market square. The area around St. Mary’s church is especially charming, with winding alleyways and picture-perfect cottages dotting the area.
The town boasts some of the lowest unemployment rates in the UK, with only 1.3% of the population being registered as unemployed in 2017, compared to the national average of 3.3%. There is also a good provision of healthcare facilities, with both Stoke Mandeville Hospital and The Royal Buckinghamshire Hospitals catering to residents across the area.
Aylesbury Vale Parkway opened in 2008, acting as a train station for the town that provided an easier commute in to London’s Marylebone station. There is also the more central Aylesbury train station which provides good rail coverage for residents travelling across the country. Arguably one of the best things about commuting in to central London from Aylesbury is that it’s at the start of that particular line, meaning that passengers can often find seats even at rush hour! Journey times direct from Aylesbury to Marylebone take around 1 hour.
Completed in 2015, Aylesbury also has the newest of the three campuses of Buckinghamshire New University. Education provision in Aylesbury covers a wide range of specialist, work-related courses for students of all ages, including nursing, foundation year programmes, business, law and computing courses.