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The local area guide to living in Downley

A small village sitting on a hill in Buckinghamshire overlooking High Wycombe below, Downley is a pretty village that refuses to accept attempts to overdevelop it. Whilst still growing, and long since having shucked its traditional industries of furniture making and farming, the village is favoured largely for its being adjacent to a regional hub, close to London, yet maintaining areas of particular looks. The commons, the central hub of the town, are well maintained and considered an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”. They are often used by one of the villages many sports teams and are overlooked by nearby pubs and restaurants. Traditions like the annual Guy Fawkes parade, where hundreds of residents march up the high street before throwing torches onto a massive bonfire, are well imbued, and nearby High Wycombe holds the unique “weighing of the mayor” ceremony. Every year, the mayor is weighed to see if they’ve been spending the town’s funds on personal indulgences. A more tongue in cheek event today, it goes to show that the area, despite becoming steadily more built up, remains determined to cling to its traditional roots.

Information about the local residents

The population of the town is approximately 5,278, living in 1,954 households, as of the last census in 2011. The most common form of occupation amongst residents is in professional roles, which is then followed by associate professional and technical occupations, and manager, director and senior official roles. Many residents commute and work in nearby High Wycombe, or in London, which is only an hour away by car or train.

Nearby schools

Buckinghamshire is near unique in the U.K. in that it maintains the Tripartite System, wherein primary students take their 11+ exams to determine whether they can enter a grammar school. The local primary school, the Downley School, has an “Outstanding” rating from Ofsted, and is well equipped to prepare students for their 11+ exams. The nearby Royal Grammar School is a well-respected academy in High Wycombe, which many successful examinees choose to attend. Those who don’t make the grade for grammar school often choose to attend the Highcrest Academy, which, whilst not being a grammar school, is regarded as “Outstanding” by Ofsted. St. Michael’s Catholic School takes students of all ages, 3-19, and offers an education that doesn’t require students to ever leave their school for another. Nearby Wycombe Abbey and Pipers Corner School are both well respected independent schools, and though the Abbey is a boarding school as well as a day school, they do both only accept girls.

Getting around

The M40 runs close to the village, connecting it to London, as well as several prominent A-roads, namely the A404, A40 and A4010. There are numerous bus routes, and several connections available from the bus stations in High Wycombe. Coach services are currently being improved, and the nearest major airport, Heathrow, is just 35 minutes away. The closest train station is in High Wycombe, and runs on the Chiltern Main line, linking the town to both Birmingham and London.

Local shops

The town has been reluctant to accept major redevelopments, and whilst there are some supermarkets within walking or cycling distance from the town, there are no major sites within Downley itself. However, there are several pubs, restaurants, small village stores and independent businesses within the town, with the Le De Spencer’s Arms being the oldest pub, having been named after the famous ‘rake’ Francis Dashwood, the 14th Baron le Despencer. The largest shopping destination is The Eden Shopping Plaza in High Wycombe, which gathers over a quarter of a million visitors weekly, hosting 107 shops, a cinema, library and bowling alley. Beyond that, several other shopping centres can be found within High Wycombe, as well as shopping on its High Street.


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