Great Missenden is the second largest parish in the Chiltern district. It
includes the pretty rural villages of Prestwood, Ballinger, Ballinger Common,
South Heath, and parts of Hyde Heath, Hyde End and Little Kingshill.
Great Missenden, at the head of the Misbourne valley, is an attractive small
town with a long curving High Street of half timbered and Georgian shops, a
graciously proportioned Baptist Church and a number of traditional pubs.
Church Street is full of interesting old houses and leads, via a bridge over
the by-pass, to the mainly 14th century Parish Church of St Peter and St
Paul. Missenden Abbey, founded in 1133 as an Augustinian monastery, is
now a residential college offering adult education courses. The townâ€s
modern facilities include a public library, a private hospital, a supermarket
and a British Rail station linking Aylesbury with London. Great Missenden
is bypassed by the A413 and is situated 30 miles from London.