|Chalfont St Giles|
St Giles' parish church
Chalfont St Giles shown within Buckinghamshire
|OS grid reference|
|Parish||Chalfont St Giles|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Chalfont St Giles|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Chesham and Amersham|
|Website||The Chalfont St Giles village website|
|List of places: UK • England • Buckinghamshire|
Chalfont St Giles is a village and civil parish within Chiltern district in south east Buckinghamshire, England, on the edge of the Chilterns, 25 miles from London, and near Seer Green, Jordans, Chalfont St Peter, Little Chalfont and Amersham.
Like most other rural parishes it managed its civil affairs through the vestry until the Local Government Act 1894 required all parishes of over 300 people to have a Parish council independent of the Church.
During the Great Plague of London in 1665, John Milton retired to Chalfont St Giles, which is where he completed his epic poem Paradise Lost. Milton's Cottage is still in the village, and is open to the public. The inspiration for Paradise Regained is said to have been found in this parish from a conversation with a former pupil, Thomas Ellwood.
Notable residents of the village have included Harry Golombek, Brian Connolly, Brian Cant, Chicane, Noel Gallagher formerly of Oasis and Nick Clegg who became the Liberal Democrats party leader in 2007 and Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 2010.
The local football club is Chalfont Wasps, which was promoted to the Hellenic Football League Premier Division for the 2008-09 season. Chalfont St Giles has a tennis club, affiliated to the Lawn Tennis Association.
Film and televisionEdit
Chalfont St Giles has been the location of several film and television programmes. It doubled as Walmington-on-Sea in the 1971 film version of Dad's Army. John Laurie, one of the main actors, lived in Chalfont St Peter. The Miller's Tale episode of the BBC Television drama The Canterbury Tales was filmed in and around Chalfont St Giles as was an episode of the BBC Television sitcom As Time Goes By. It was the location for the filming of Episode 6 of Series 3 of Peep Show.
"Chalfonts" is one of many variations of Cockney rhyming slang for piles, this is derived from Chalfont St Giles but, as is typical with Cockney rhyming slang, the part of the phrase which rhymes with the derivative is omitted. There is a Viz character named Nobby Piles (itself a euphemism) who uses a range of slang expressions when referring to his haemorrhoids including "Ooh me chalfonts!"
- ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2001 Census
- ^ "'Parishes: Chalfont St. Giles', A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 3 (1925), pp. 184-193.". British History Online. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=42544. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
- ^ "A piece of Paradise in Bucks!". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/threecounties/content/articles/2008/05/20/miltons_cottage_feature.shtml. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
- ^ http://www.buckinghamshireexaminer.co.uk/south-bucks-news/local-buckinghamshire-examiner-news/2010/02/26/oasis-s-noel-gallagher-to-build-home-in-chalfont-st-giles-114018-25923414/ Buckinghamshire Examiner article regarding Noel Gallagher
- ^ Family detective: Nick Clegg Daily Telegraph 22 Dec 2007
- ^ IMDB listing
- ^ IMDB listing