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Buckinghamshire – Home to the famous “Concrete Cows”
Although the County has existed since the 6th century, the name Buckinghamshire appeared much later (12th century), named after an Anglo-Saxon landowner. However, the region’s history began much earlier, dating back to the Celtic and Roman periods.
It is believed that the English Civil War was started in the 17th century by John Hampden in the County, who was an English politician with a long history in Buckinghamshire.
Like many of the counties surrounding London, Buckinghamshire became popular for commuters and still is some 200 years later.
Milton Keynes is a new town in the county (formally receiving this title in 1967) and despite criticism of the number of ‘roundabouts’ to be found there, it was cleverly designed and well liked by those living there. The town is perhaps more famous for the “Concrete Cows” sculpture that was placed in a park there (three cows and three calves) and they have been subjected to a number of pranks over the years. One received pyjama bottoms and on another occasion a calf was ‘kidnapped’ and ransom notes sent to the local newspapers.
Reasons to visit Buckinghamshire
Some of the attractions in Buckinghamshire are the open countryside and natural features, but there are many other things to see like the picturesque Ascott country house, Bekonscot (the oldest original model village in the world), Bletchley Park (the site of the United Kingdom’s main decryption establishment during World War II), Boarstall Tower (14th-century moated gatehouse), Mentmore Towers (country house), Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, and West Wycombe Caves.
Entertainment and Dining in Buckinghamshire
Buckinghamshire offers a good selection of entertainment, with theatres, cinemas, nightclubs and pubs. There are plenty of places to eat like The Chequers Inn in Aylesbury, The Tree at Cadmore in High Wycombe and the George in Milton Keynes.
Accommodation in Buckinghamshire
Much of the usual accommodation is available in the County, including Guest Houses, B&Bs, Self-Catering apartments and Camping sites. Hotels include Doubletree by Hilton in Milton Keynes, Crowne Plaza Hotel in Marlow and Hartwell House in Aylesbury.