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|The royal land-grabber Henry Vlll turned Aylesbury into the county town as part of his seduction of Anne Boleyn while a few years later the ultimate pilgrim, William Penn, left the Buckinghamshire village of Penn to found the US state of
The county possesses one of the most important places in modern history, Bletchley Park, featured in the recent film Enigma, the war-time base for Britain's code-breakers in their secret war against Germany; a house that also gave the mathematician Alan Turing the opportunity to pioneer the use of electronic 'computing'.
In the south of the county lie the splendid, ramble-woven Chiltern Hills with their chalk beds and famous beech woods. In the summer months they come alive to the song of the nightingale. In the north is the magnificent Vale of Aylesbury which possesses some of the richest agricultural land in the Britain.
Hut 1, Bletchley Park: Ian Petticrew