Living in Burnham
Burnham village is in the extreme south of Buckinghamshire, within a few minutes’ drive of the M4 motorway, the A4 Bath Road, the M40 motorway and the A40 Oxford Road. Burnham village is a short cycle ride from Burnham Beeches which is one of the best ancient woodland areas close to London. The nearest towns are Maidenhead, Beaconsfield, Windsor and Slough.
Burnham Park has a World War Memorial, where services are held on Remembrance Sunday. Burnham has many interesting listed buildings with Burnham Abbey, Huntercombe Manor, and St Mary’s Hitcham Lane all being Grade I listed. The High Street is a Conservation Area, boasting numerous 16th and 17th century buildings which are used as shops today. There are also plenty of public houses, restaurants and sports clubs. A street market is held in the High Street each Wednesday.
St Peter’s church in the High Street was built in the 13th century and contains an array of historic brasses and tombs, some of which date from the 16th century. Other places of worship include St Anne’s Dropmore, the United Reformed church and the Methodist Church.
In 1981, the Parish Council purchased 26 acres of land on the edge of the village for recreational use. Now known as the George Pitcher Memorial Ground, it houses well-maintained playing fields for local football matches. Tucked away at the far corner of the grounds, is the Cherry Orchard Nature Park, which is a peaceful oasis for walkers.
In 2010, after nearly 50 years of service to the public, the old village hall was replaced with Burnham Park Hall, which is an innovative building to meet the current needs of the community. It is owned and managed by the Parish Council and has its own website.