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Chalfont St. Giles Town Information

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Chalfont St. Giles Parish Church - Photo © Jack Hill
Chalfont St. Giles Parish Church
Photo: Jack Hill CCL

This charming village with its duck pond, cottages and evocative main street will be recognised by anyone who watched the 1970s movie ‘Dad’s Army - the town was briefly transformed into fictional Warmington-on-Sea. It is, however, more famous as the place to which the poet John Milton fled from the plague of London in 1665. The half-timbered cottage where he lived for two years is open to the public. He completed his poem ‘Paradise Lost’ here and also penned the epic sequel, ‘Paradise Regained’. Several rooms are on show, including his kitchen and living room, as well as rare first editions of his works.

The ancient parish church was built in the 12th century and has unusual painted battlements dating from the 15th century. Its churchyard contains the burial places of circus pioneer Bertram Mills and William Penn, founder of the American colony of Pennsylvania.

Chiltern Open Air Museum houses historic buildings with the aim of explaining their original uses. It includes a blacksmith’s forge, barns and stables.