Iver // is a large civil parish in the South Bucks district of Buckinghamshire, England. In addition to the central clustered village, the parish includes the largely residential neighbourhoods of Iver Heath and Richings Park.
Iver's three similar settlements form a jointly administered community and are connected to the Colne Valley regional park and to its train station by footpaths which branch into the Chiltern Hills, London and the London Loop.
|Area||20.1 km2 (7.8 sq mi)|
|• Density||553/km2 (1,430/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference||TQ0381|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Geography, transport and economy
London is 17 miles (30 km) to the east. Local woods, lakes and land by the Grand Union Canal form part of the 43-square-mile Colne Valley regional park. Most of the open land is classified as Metropolitan Green Belt.
To the west of Iver are Wexham and Langley. One small part of the Richings Park neighbourhood, Thorney, is east of the M25 motorway, the name given to the M4 Thorney Interchange. North of Iver is the M40 motorway, while to the south are the M4 motorway and Colnbrook. The Great Western Main line also passes through Iver. Richings Park and Thorney are less than 0.5 miles (0.80 km) from Iver railway station. Uxbridge tube station is the nearest station to Iver Heath.
Two significant employers in the parish are the Ridgeway trading and warehousing estate and Pinewood Studios.
Iver village on the Uxbridge to Langley road has a pre-Domesday foundation and Neolithic pottery fragments and other artefacts have been discovered. The village church has shards of a Saxon window, and elements dating from the 15th century, 16th century and 17th century can be seen. The village has numerous houses from the 16th and 17th centuries.
Iver Heath is the location of Heatherden Hall, a Victorian estate with spectacular grounds. It was purchased by Lt. Col. Grant Morden, a Canadian financier, who transformed the mansion by adding a huge ballroom and Turkish bath. During the 1930s it became a retreat and private meeting place for politicians and diplomats. The agreement to form the Irish Free State was signed at Heatherden Hall. The Church of St Margaret was built in 1862. Iver Heath itself is centred on a triangle of roads. The village post office is on the Slough Road to the south, while a parade of shops used to be found along Church Road to the north. Slough Road and Church Road are connected by Bangors Road North to the east.
Richings Park was once the estate of Lord Bathurst. Richings Park mansion, very briefly the home of RAF Bomber Command, was destroyed during World War II, and its site is now a residential area with its own shopping facilities. The cellars of the house are still visible in fields now overlooking the M4.
Black Park adjoins the Pinewood Studio complex. It has a lake that extends over 13 acres (5.3 ha). Due to its proximity to Pinewood Studios, Black Park was used for outdoor sequences in some of Hammer's Dracula films, a number of Carry On films, the Gerry Anderson Sci Fi series UFO and in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger.
To the south, Black Park is separated from Langley Park by the A412 road. Langley Park covers 130 acres (0.53 km²) and is known for its rhododendron and azalea-filled Temple Gardens.
Pinewood Studios is a major British film studio to the immediate west of the developed land of Iver Heath, which is in all other respects residential. The studios have hosted many productions from blockbuster films to UK television shows, commercials and pop music promos. The Superman and James Bond film franchises have used the film studios which provides tours of its museum.
Pinewood was built on the estate of Heatherden Hall, a large, attractive Victorian house with spectacular grounds. The Pinewood estate had previously been purchased by Lt. Col. Grant Morden, a Canadian financier and MP for Brentford and Chiswick. He spent a fortune transforming the mansion into a showpiece home, adding refinements such as a huge ballroom, a Turkish bath and an indoor squash court. Due to its seclusion, the house was used as a discreet meeting place for high-ranking politicians and diplomats. Here the agreement for the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed. When Grant Morden died in 1934 the estate was purchased at auction by Charles Boot, who had recently inherited a large construction firm from his father, Henry Boot, who died in 1931. Within twelve months Charles had formed a partnership with J. Arthur Rank, who transformed the mansion into the office building for a film studio complex. He based his new studios on the latest Hollywood designs of that era. Charles Boot named the complex Pinewood Film Studios, a reference to the many pine trees in the area. The entrance to the studio is on Pinewood Road.
Activities and facilities
Iver Heath Drama Club
Established by John Hargreaves in 1948, the Iver Heath Drama Club contributed to the construction of the current village hall. The group puts on plays and pantomimes. In 2008, it celebrated 60 years by performing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
As of May 2014, the club has over 40 regularly active members who are aged between six and eighty years of age. The club is run by volunteers using a not-for-profit charitable framework and is funded entirely by profits from shows, membership fees and donations. The members come from the Iver area and are from a wide array of backgrounds and abilities.
Since 2008, Pinewood has been the club's main sponsor. Pinewood Studios Group has helped with rent and co-funded the 60th birthday pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk, which played to over 300 people in January 2009. It was co-sponsored by South Bucks District Council. The 2014 Pantomime was Cinderella which over the course of six shows was seen by almost 500 people.
The Evreham Sports Centre
The Sports Centre is based in Iver, which is in the south of the District. The centre is run by Greenwich Leisure Limited. Facilities include a multi purpose sports hall, dance studio, lounge (with adjoining kitchen), sunbed, outdoor floodlit synthetic surface pitch, grass soccer pitches and a changing facility and fitness suite with equipment including a nautilus tread climber. The fitness suite contains pieces of equipment designed to be accessible to those persons with limited mobility.
Evreham Adult Learning Centre
Adjacent to the Sports Centre on the border of Iver Heath and Iver, this facility is a former secondary school which hosts independent and Council-run events and courses. These include Zumba, Slimming World, Pottery, Guitar and Woodwork. The venue also hosts the Tiny Toes Nursery and a Youth Centre.
- Prince Edward, Duke of Kent KG, GCMG, GCVO, ADC(P) (Edward George Nicholas Paul Patrick; born 9 October 1935) is a grandchild of King George V and Queen Mary. He has held the title of Duke of Kent since the death of his father in 1942. Prince Edward lived at Coppins, Iver (1935 - 1972).
- Prince Michael of Kent, member of the British Royal Family, was born in Iver
- Princess Victoria (1868–1935), daughter of Edward VII, lived in Iver 1925–1935
- Linford Christie, Olympic gold medalist sprinter, lived in Iver Heath
- Charles Richard Fairey Founder of Fairey aviation, the Fairey factory based in West London creators of the Swordfish. The family lived at Woodlands aka Elk Meadows in Iver Heath
- John Fairey (1935–2009), aviator son of Charles Fairey (founder of the Fairey Aviation Company), was born in Iver
- James Gambier (1756–1833), notorious admiral of the Royal Navy, lived in Iver, his gardener invented the modern day pansy
- Julian Haviland (born 1930), former Political Editor of both ITN and The Times newspaper, was born in Iver Heath
- Brian Muir, sculptor of Darth Vader's helmet and armour and the Stormtrooper armour in Star Wars, lives in Iver
- John Nash (1893–1977), painter of landscape and still-life, grew up in Iver
- Paul Nash, WW1 and WW2 War Artist older brother of John Nash, buried in Langley in family plot
- David Seaman Former England goalkeeper lived in Iver
- Chris Finnegan (1944 – 2009) British professional boxer of Irish descent born in Iver
- Kevin Finnegan (1948 – 2008) British professional boxer of Irish descent born in Iver
- Paul Bede Johnson CBE (born 2 November 1928) is an English journalist, historian, speechwriter and author. While associated with the political left in his early career, he is now a conservative popular historian. Lived in Iver.
- Daniel Johnson (born 26 August 1957) is a British journalist who is the founding editor of Standpoint, lived in Iver
- Luke Oliver Johnson (born 2 February 1962), is a British serial entrepreneur, best known for his involvement with Pizza Express. He is a former chairman of the Royal Society of Arts and Channel 4. Lived in Iver
- Sid James (1913 – 1976) South African-born British actor and comedian. Lived at Delaford Park, Iver.
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- Buckinghamshire Adult Learning
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