Gerrards Cross (sometimes
referred to in shorthand as GX ) is a village in Buckinghamshire, England.
It is in
the south of the county, near the border with Greater London, south of Chalfont St Peter. Gerrards Cross is also a civil parish within South Bucks district, which was known as the Beaconsfield district from 1974 to 1980. This had been formed
on April 1, 1974 by the merger of part of Eton Rural
District (including Gerrards Cross) with Beaconsfield
The village name is fairly new, when compared with other villages
that surround it. Gerrards Cross did not exist in any formal
sense until 1859 when it was formed by taking pieces out of the
five parishes of Chalfont St Peter, Fulmer, Iver, Langley Marish and Upton to form a new ecclesiastical parish.
named after the Gerrard family
the early 17th century owned a manor
here. At that time it was a hamlet
the parish of Chalfont St Peter. It is the site of an Iron Age hillfort
St James's Church, Gerrards
The large and distinctive parish
is dedicated to St.
. It was built in 1861 as a memorial to General
who was MP for Windsor and designed by Sir
in yellow brick with a
style dome, Chinese
and an Italianate Campanile
1969 the singer Lulu
married Maurice Gibb
of the Bee
in the church. Originally named Jarrett's Cross before the
times of the Gerrard family, after a highwayman and Jarrett's Hill
is still there going up to WEC
off the A40 and Jarrett's Cottages are also still
in existence. The actress Margaret Rutherford is buried in the
Gerrards Cross has its own well stocked library, a two screen
cinema and various restaurants.
Independent schools include St Mary's,
Gayhurst and Thorpe House. Most students of
school age attend Chalfonts Community College, which is the catchment upper school, or
one of the local grammar schools,
such as Dr Challoner's Grammar School (Boys), Dr Challoner's High School (Girls), The Royal Grammar
School, High Wycombe (Boys) and Beaconsfield High School (Girls).
Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter have a reputation for being
very upmarket and exclusive, with house prices being considerably
higher than average. Located in the commuter belt of London, the village
is the most expensive postcode to purchase a property in the
country outside of London..
village has a railway station on the Chiltern
Line which opened on 2 April 1906. This provides
services to London and Birmingham with a commuting time of about 25
minutes to London
Marylebone. A tunnel being constructed to allow Tesco to build a
supermarket collapsed on 30 June 2005.
As a result, the railway
line was shut for a few months.
14 miles to London's Heathrow Airport.
32 miles to London's Luton Airport.
Some of the exteriors, notably "Charlotte Haze's house", in
's film Lolita
(1962) were shot in Gerrards Cross.
tunnel near the station collapsed at 19:30 on 30 June 2005 where
Tesco were building a new supermarket over the railway.
the houses constructed during development in the 1950s had
defective tiles, leading to the House of Lords judgment: Young & Marten Ltd v McManus
Childs Ltd  1 AC 454 to the effect that a person who
contracts to do work and supply materials warrants that the
materials will be fit for purpose, even if the purchaser specifies
the materials to be used.
The village is mentioned in "Journeyman", a track in Heavy Horses
, album released by Jethro Tull
in April 10, 1978.
The village is also mentioned in the first episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus
series one, in the Italian Lesson sketch.
A History of Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross
Edmonds 1964 and The History of Bulstrode
by A M Baker
2003 published as one book by Colin Smythe Ltd. 2003