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Living in Bourne End: The local area guide

Bourne End is a village on the banks of the River Thames, in the county of Buckinghamshire. Part of the village is within the parish of Wooburn and Bourne End, with the rest in Little Marlow. It is just a few miles north of Maidenhead and Slough.

The original village of Bourne End, present in some form for centuries, was about a half mile downstream at the point where the River Thames and the River Wye meet. The River Wye was a great source of employment and industry for the area – it had four mills along its banks within the village, all of which have now closed down. However, the village today sustains several businesses and employs a lot of people, despite its small size. Much of the ground previously taken up by mills has been converted for use by other businesses.

During the 1920s, two famous writers made Bourne End their home. Edgar Wallace, a very popular crime and thriller writer, lived in the village as did Enid Blyton, the world famous children's writer. They likely chose it because of its rural feel and close connections to London.

While a part of the railway was lost in 1969, the village still has good connections to the city and, for that reason, attracts a lot of commuters.

Demographics

According to the 2011 Census, there are 5,320 people living in Bourne End. Demographically, the local area is closely aligned with the national averages – the mean age is 39.8, and the single largest bracket, with 22% of the total, is the 30-44 age range (a figure which is probably boosted by the presence of commuters).

Bourne End has very high rates of education. An impressive 38% of people in the area have been to university, which compares to 27% for the rest of England.

Economically, Bourne End is comparatively well off. Only 1.7% of people in the area are on Jobseeker’s Allowance, around half the figure for the rest of England. In terms of social grade, nearly 40% of households are classified as AB and 32% C1. That means the main earner in the house works in a Higher or Intermediate professional, technical, managerial or administrative job role. For England as a whole, 23% of households are considered part of the A1 grade and 31% C1.

The higher earning potential is also apparent in the heightened rates of property ownership, with under 14% of people privately renting and a third owning their property outright. Overall, people in Bourne End describe themselves as very healthy with 55% saying their health is 'very good' and a further 32% saying 'good'.

Education

Bourne End has three schools within its borders. Claytons Primary School is the starting point for many of the local children, and performs well under Ofsted inspection – in its last report, it was rated 'Good' across the board.

Bourne End Academy serves older students, and has earned Sports College Status. Until recently, its academic performance was poor enough that it attracted Ofsted intervention. However, things have taken a significant turn for the better since then and it is beginning to do very well. Westfield School, which used to be the village's primary school, is now a special needs school.

Transport

Bourne End is fantastically positioned. It has good train links to London, despite losing some in the 1960s closures. Commuters can take a train from the village to Maidenhead, where they can then get on the Great Western Railway service to London Paddington. The entire journey can be done in a little over an hour.

The village has some good bus services to other local villages and more major towns, too. By car, Bourne End is right between the M4 and M40, so trips to London, or to the West Country and Wales in the other direction, are easily done. Many people work in Slough and Maidenhead, and these are both a short drive away to the south.

Amenities and shopping

Bourne End's 'Parade' has an excellent array of independent stores, chain shops, conveniences, restaurants, bars and pubs. Much more than you'd expect in a village of its size.

Socially, it also has a lot to offer with a wide range of clubs and societies for all interests meeting regularly. There are also two recreation grounds within Bourne End.

Whilst every effort has been taken to ensure the above information is up to date, some inaccuracies may occur. If you notice any inaccuracies please contact editor@primelocation.com

All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.

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