Winslow shown within Buckinghamshire
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The town was first recorded in the charter by which King Offa granted it to St Albans Abbey in 792/3 as Wineshauue, which means Wine's Burial Mound In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was recorded as Weneslai.
One of the finer buildings in Buckinghamshire is situated in this small town. Winslow Hall, which sits on the main road leading into the town from Aylesbury. It was built possibly from the designs of Sir Christopher Wren by William Lowndes, secretary to the Treasury. His name and the date 1700 are to be seen on the frieze over the door. The Church of England parish church in High Street, dating from about 1320 is dedicated to St Laurence, and is twinned with St Paul’s Church in Winslow, Arizona. The church has a ring of 8 bells, the heaviest weighing 19 long cwt (970 kg).
The Whaddon Chase fox hunt has traditionally met in the Town Square at Winslow every Boxing Day for many years. The occasion is very well attended with over a thousand people visiting the town on Boxing Day each year. The Silver Band from the nearby village of Great Horwood playing Christmas carols have often been in attendance. Other annual events in the town include a beer festival in March, and The Winslow Show, a gymkhana and agricultural show which is held every August across the road from Winslow Hall. The Winslow Concert Band is a community (wind) band which meets every Thursday evening, generally in the Winslow Public Hall, invites all woodwind and brass players from Winslow and the surrounding area to come along, and plays at local events throughout the year.
The town formerly had its own railway station on the "Varsity Line" (Oxford/Cambridge), with a spur to Aylesbury (from Verney Junction). The trackbed remains in place and, when reopened in 2017, it will give commuters access to London, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Oxford.
Winslow is home to Furze Down School for children with special educational needs, aged between 5 and 19. The town is also served by Winslow Church of England Combined School, which is a mixed, voluntary controlled primary school, that takes children from ages four to eleven. The school has approximately 520 pupils. State Secondary schools for Winslow children are Buckingham School and the Royal Latin School in nearby Buckingham, and The Cottesloe School in Wing. In September 2013, a new 11-19 secondary Free School, Sir Thomas Fremantle School will be opening in the town serving up to 420 local children of all abilities.
Winslow Town Cricket Club, which is based at Elmfield's Gate, next to the football pitch, currently field 3 men's Saturday teams. Two of which play in the Morrants Four Counties League, the 1st XI play in Division 1 and the 2nds in Division 4. The 3rd XI play mainly at Winslow's secondary pitch over at Padbury near Buckingham. The club also fields a Sunday team who play other local Sunday teams. The club also fields many youth teams, ranging from Under 9's to under 15's. WTCC also has a very successful midweek team, who won the George Blow Midweek Cup in 2008.
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- Electronic Sawyer nos.136a and 138
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- Parishes, Winslow – Victoria History of the Counties of England
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- East West Rail Prospectus Accessed 14 December 2011
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- "Winslow Anglo French Twinning Association". Retrieved 2007-04-23.
- Winslow Times, Winslow
- St. Laurence Church, Winslow
- The Winslow Show
- Winslow History website
- Sir Thomas Fremantle School