"Great Missenden" Great Missenden by SallyM

Great Missenden Travel Guide: 17 reviews and 38 photos

Great Missenden - famous mainly for Roald Dahl

Great Missenden is a small village in the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire, England. The area as been inhabited and farmed for several thousand years. Neolithic, Iron Age and Roman artefacts have been found in the parish. According to Domesday Book there were 42 people (and 500 pigs) living in Great Missenden at the time of the Norman conquest.

In 1133 Missenden Abbey was founded by Augustinian canons. The original building was rebuilt after a fire, and the site is now used for residential courses in a range of subjects from crafts to creative writing.

The countryside around is very pleasant for walking in. On Sundays in summer, cream teas are served at the Parish Church, so you can compensate for all the calories that you have just walked off.

The nearby village of Prestwood used to be known for its cherry orchards. Sadly, these are no more, but the local conservation group has set up a community orchard to preserve old varieties of fruit trees. Prestwood holds a steam rally on the first weekend in July each year.

Currently, Great Missenden is in the news as it is on the route of the proposed 'HS2' high speed rail link from London to Birmingham. The route will run mainly in tunnels and cuttings through the area. Local residents are campaigning against the proposals.

Its other current claim to fame is that the author Roald Dahl lived here for 37 years and the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is located in the village. There are celebrations in the village with special events at the museum around his birthday in September.

Great Missenden and the surrounding area are also used for filming the TV series 'Midsomer Murders'.

A bit quaint

This former garage in Missenden High Street has long since stopped selling petrol (since the price went up to £1 a gallon...!), but the pumps remain.

Fortunately Great Missenden is only 35 minutes from London by train!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Attractive village, within easy reach of London
  • Cons:Shortage of hotels in the area
  • In a nutshell:Roald Dahl woz 'ere!
  • Intro Updated Nov 16, 2014
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  • GrantBoone's Profile Photo
    Apr 4, 2014 at 5:23 AM

    Lovely page , I have a good friend who lives here !

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Oct 17, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    I must admit I have never heard of Great Missenden before, but I always like places that have 'Great' in their name. See you in 2015 at the big VT meeting in Belgium.

  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Jul 11, 2012 at 1:42 PM

    Like the sound of the Pot Deli and at six quid for a main course I can imagine it does great business. Love yout HP BTW - nicely written and structured.

  • Knoto's Profile Photo
    Jun 27, 2009 at 7:03 AM

    Sounds like a lovely place.

  • nickandchris's Profile Photo
    Mar 15, 2008 at 9:05 AM

    Must be nice living in such a highly rated place. Love the opening pic.

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