Denham, Buckinghamshire

Denham is a village and civil parish in the South Bucks district of Buckinghamshire, England, approximately 17 miles (27 km) from central London, 2 miles (3 km) northwest of Uxbridge and just north of junction 1 of the M40 motorway. The name is derived from the Old English for "homestead in a valley". It was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Deneham.[2] Denham contains the Buckinghamshire Golf Club.


St. Mary's parish church

Village road Denham is part of the architectural conservation area of Denham's nucleus.
Location within Buckinghamshire
Area16.02 km2 (6.19 sq mi)
Population7,139 (2011 census)[1]
 Density446/km2 (1,160/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTQ0486
Civil parish
  • Denham
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townUxbridge
Postcode districtUB9
Dialling code01895
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament


The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary has a flint and stone Norman tower and Tudor monuments. The tree-lined Village Road includes several old red brick houses with mature Wisteria on them, and has been used as a location in British films and television.

Southlands Manor is a Grade II listed building. Its entry on the English Heritage website states that it was built in the 16th century, with a variety of later changes including the addition of four chimney stacks in the early 17th-century.[3] Analysis of a sample of timbers from the main building and its associated barn have found that they were felled in the winters of 1472/3 and 1473/4, indicating that the relevant parts of the building were erected in 1474 or soon after.[4]

The Old Bakery, built in about C14, it is one of the earliest surviving buildings along the village High Street. It is located along, what would have been medieval burgage plots. The plots were for laying out a town. Built for the Abbot of Westminster, probably on instructions by Nicholas de Littlington, for his reeve. One survey suggests a very precise date of building of 1367 - 68, although no dendrochronology has been undertaken. The building phases and outlay are complex, with much alteration. Prior to the 1950s demolition of the former E wing the building formed three cottages/shops.

Denham Film Studios were near the village and where famous films, including Brief Encounter and In Which We Serve were produced. The studio site has now been redeveloped for housing.

InterContinental Hotels Group has its corporate headquarters and European head office in Denham.[5] Bosch has its UK head office in Denham.


  • Denham Village, the original settlement
  • Denham Garden Village, north of Denham Green Lane - built in the 1950s, renovated in 2006
  • Denham Green grew up around the shops beside the railway station. Alexander Korda's Denham Film Studios (now demolished) used the Broadwater (Business) Park land between the junction of the road to Rickmansworth (A412) and Moor Hall Road towards Harefield
  • New Denham is a linear part on the old Oxford Road north-west of Uxbridge, west of the Grand Union Canal
  • Higher Denham is a locality on the site of a First World War army training and transit camp, placed to take advantage of the adjacent Denham Golf Club station. After the War, the camp land was sold off piecemeal for housing, following a similar trend all over Metro-land. Martin-Baker Aircraft Ltd, manufacturers of aircraft ejector seats, have a small factory in Higher Denham
  • Tatling End is on the Oxford Road, west of the junction with the A412, at the top of the hill leading out of the Misbourne valley


Denham railway station has direct services to London Marylebone and High Wycombe and limited services to Princes Risborough, Aylesbury and Banbury. Connecting services link to Birmingham Snow Hill, Stratford-on-Avon and Kidderminster.

The 724 Green Line bus service links Harlow and Heathrow Airportpassing through St Albans, Watford, Rickmansworth, Denham and Uxbridgeand terminating at Heathrow Central bus station.

The 331 bus service between Uxbridge and Ruislip stations (operated by Metroline West for London Buses) calls at the Station Parade shops in Denham Green. The 581 circular bus service provides a link between the various areas of Denham and Uxbridge bus station. The Saturdays-only 582 service links the various Denhams with Iver, Slough and Windsor. The 101, 102, 105 and 580 run through the outskirts of Denham.

Denham Aerodrome (ICAO: EGLD) is an operational general aviation aerodrome established in the early 1900s.[6] Sited on higher land to the north of the village, it is the base of many private and executive aircraft and helicopters with several hangars and a hard runway. During the First World War in 1915, RAF Denham was established as a flying training school for Flight Cadets.


Denham Village Infant School, in Cheapside Lane, is the original school for Denham, and has classes for Reception and Years 1 and 2 . The school building dates from 1832 and is listed.[7]

Denham Green E-ACT Primary Academy is located on Nightingale Way and opened in September 2013. Replacing the former Tilehouse Combined School, it is for children ages 4–11, and offers pre-school services. The school's current leadership team completed an Ofsted inspection shortly before converting to an Academy. Ofsted noted that the school was a Good school with Outstanding features. The academy accepts all children from the Denham area (including Denham Village, Denham Green, Maple Cross, Harefield and North Uxbridge) who wish to attend the school.[8]


  • Denham Cricket Club, in Cheapside Lane, currently play in Morrant's Chiltern Cricket League.


2011 Published Statistics: Population, home ownership and extracts from Physical Environment, surveyed in 2005[1]
Output areaHomes owned outrightOwned with a loanSocially rentedPrivately rentedOtherkm² roadskm² waterkm² domestic gardenskm² domestic buildingskm² non-domestic buildingsUsual residentskm²
Civil parish11251039463357370.7610.3911.4160.2500.175713916.02

Notable residents


Twinned with Denham, Shark Bay, Western Australia


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