Consistently rated as one of the most sought-after and expensive commuter towns or villages close to London, Gerrards Cross has come a long way in the last hundred years. Until the arrival of the railway in 1906, the area was largely agricultural. Then commuters recognised its potential and so began the construction of handsome houses with fine gardens in broad avenues, many of which remain to this day. Now part of the South Bucks County Council area, development has continued apace although a number of these houses have been replaced with luxury apartments. Fortunately, there is still much wonderful green space to enjoy, notably the beautiful Gerrards Cross Common with its classic pond. It’s perfect for walking, cycling, picnics and football. It also has a great playground. The Common and many of the splendid houses around it are part of a special conservation area.
Retailers have been keen to meet the needs of the growing population. Waitrose, Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury and Tesco all have stores. There are also many other retailers including a post office, banks, pharmacies, boutiques, hairdressers, bakers, restaurants, hotels, a cinema and a library. There are several churches including Anglican, Catholic and Methodist. Gerrards Cross shares the medical practices in Chalfont St. Peter which is just over a mile away.
Gerrards Cross is a great place to live, work and play. There is a state primary school as well as several independent schools in the town, which is also served by the Chalfonts Community College in Chalfont St. Peter. Gerrards Cross has its own scout and guide troupes. Many leisure activities take place at the Memorial Centre which hosts clubs, societies, adult education, a youth club and events including book fairs and pantomimes. There are tennis courts and a private health and fitness club next door. As well as the Gerrards Cross Golf Club, there are many others in the area including the world-famous Stoke Park Golf Club in Stoke Poges, just a couple of miles away.
The centre of London is 22 miles down the A40 which runs by edge of the town. The M25 and M40 are within three miles and Heathrow is 14 miles away. From Gerrards Cross station (Chiltern Railways) you can be in Marylebone in a mere 22 minutes. The line also serves Aylesbury, Wycombe, Bicester, Stratford-upon-Avon and Birmingham. Much as it was a century ago, Gerrards Cross remains the ideal commuter location.
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