About the village
Westcott is a small rural village and was mainly farming land until the Second World War when a large area to the west was taken over by the Air Ministry for use as an airfield and bomber training unit. Some of those who flew from here and died on active service are buried in the little village churchyard. After the war, the R.A.F. left and since then the establishment has been used for the development of rocket propulsion and today, now renamed to the ‘Westcott Venture Park’, it is home to many businesses and light industry, and is a Government-endorsed Enterprise Zone.
Until about 1935, the village was served by the Quainton to Brill tramway. The track of the railway can still be traced and the old ticket office and waiting room still stands alongside the station house. Many railway enthusiasts visit Westcott to see and photograph these reminders of a bygone age.
The original school building and the Grade II listed Victorian church were designed by G.E. Street, who was also the architect of the Royal Courts of Justice in the Strand, London. The church of St. Mary the Virgin and Westcott Church of England School have both been open for just over 150 years.
About Our Community
For a small village of only 163 houses Westcott continues to develop strong community links. For example, representatives from many local bodies were invited to consult and support the expansion of Westcott CE School throughout the process. Every other year villagers organise a well-attended summer fair to raise money for the school, church and cricket club.
Westcott also works on traffic and general local village issues in collaboration with the neighbouring village of Ashendon. Westcott’s larger neighbour, Waddesdon, provides many services which are well utilised by Westcott residents including healthcare, schools, community-run sports and social clubs for older people.
A group of individuals, parish councillors and local businesses from villages across the Waddesdon ward worked together under the leadership of the county Councillor, Paul Irwin, to support the Bernwode Community Bus. This shared asset can be utilised by individuals and groups requiring a low cost transport solution across our rural setting.
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