In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Beaconsfield like this:
BEACONSFIELD, a small town, a parish, and a subdistrict, in the district of Amersham, Bucks. The town stands on an eminence anciently used for beacon-fires, 3 miles NE of Woburn-Green r. station, and 5¾ S by W of Amersham. It has a post office,‡-B. Bucks; and is a seat of petty sessions, and a polling-place. It consists of four streets, which meet at the centre in a spacious market-place; and it contains the parish church and three dissenting chapels. The church is built of flint and squared stones; comprises nave, chancel, and side aisles, with a western tower; belonged to an Augustinian monastery, founded at Burnham, in 1165, by Richard, Earl of Cornwall; and contains the remains of Edmund Burke, whose seat was in the neighbourhood; and a marble monument to the poet Waller, who owned the manor, is in the churchyard. ...
A weekly market recently ceased; but fairs are held on 13 Feb. and 10 May.The parish includes also part of Coleshill hamlet. Acres, 4,541. Real property, with the rest of Coleshill, £9,619. Pop., 1,662. Houses, 342. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £545. Patron, Magdalene College, Oxford. Charities, £114.-The subdistrict comprises two parishes and a chapelry. Acres, 9,401. Pop., 3,092. Houses, 65
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Beaconsfield has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of South Bucks. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Beaconsfield and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Beaconsfield, in South Bucks and Buckinghamshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 08th March 2014
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