Hedgerley is a village and civil parish in South Bucks district in Buckinghamshire, England. The parish is centred 3 miles (4.8 km) south-east of Beaconsfield and 2.5 miles (4.0 km) south-west of Gerrards Cross. The parish has incorporated the formerly separate parish of Hedgerley Dean since 1934 (which was once a hamlet in parish of Farnham Royal).[2]

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Saint Mary the Virgin parish church
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Cottages in Hedgerley
Hedgerley is located in Buckinghamshire
Location within Buckinghamshire
Area6.8 km2 (2.6 sq mi)
Population873 (2011 census including Jordans)[1]
• Density128/km2 (330/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU9687
Civil parish
  • Hedgerley
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSlough
Postcode districtSL2
Dialling code01753
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°34′34″N 0°36′07″W / 51.576°N 0.602°W / 51.576; -0.602Coordinates: 51°34′34″N 0°36′07″W / 51.576°N 0.602°W / 51.576; -0.602

The toponym name "Hedgerley" is derived from the Old English meaning "Hycga's woodland clearing". In manorial rolls in 1195 it was recorded as Huggeleg.[3]

Architecture and geographyEdit

Situated in the foothills of the Chiltern Hills, Hedgerley is a linear layout of red-brick and timber-framed cottages, amongst which Victoria Cottages date from the 16th century.[4] It is bounded to the north by the M40 motorway.

The old Quaker House on the northern edge of the village dates from 1487.

The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin was designed by the Gothic Revival architect Benjamin Ferrey and built in 1852.[4] The Tudor Revival Rectory was built in 1846.[4]

In film, fiction and the mediaEdit

The 1953 British film Genevieve was shot on roads around Pinewood Studios and the couples stop for a “hair of the dog” at the old (now demolished) One Pin pub with Genevive seen driving down Hedgerley Hill as well as actors John Gregson and Dinah Sheridan filmed in Collinswood Road.[5]

Scenes from Lionel Jeffries' 1972 family film The Amazing Mr Blunden were filmed in the village and at the church.

The village including the fields and woods of the parish featured in the episode "Secrets & Spies" of Midsomer Murders.[citation needed]


2011 Published Statistics: Population, home ownership and extracts from Physical Environment, surveyed in 2005[1]
Output area Homes owned outright Owned with a loan Socially rented Privately rented Other km² roads km² water km² domestic gardens km² domestic buildings km² non-domestic buildings Usual residents km²
Civil parish 125 126 66 36 3 0.113 0.016 0.243 0.033 0.014 873 6.8

The village's most notable resident was the infamous Judge Jeffreys (1645–89).

A few fields in the parish are called the sea fields as in spring they become full with bluebells.



  • Pevsner, Nikolaus (1973) [1966]. The Buildings of England: Buckinghamshire. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 160. ISBN 0-14-071019-1.

External linksEdit

  Media related to Hedgerley at Wikimedia Commons