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. During 2017 the church of St. Mary the Virgin and Westcott Church of England School will celebrate being open for 150 years.
About Our Community
For a small village of only 162 houses Westcott continues to develop strong community links. Representatives from many local bodies were invited to consult and support the recent planning and expansion of Westcott CE School throughout the process.
Westcott also works on traffic and general local village issues with the village of Ashendon. Westcott’s larger neighbour, Waddesdon Village, provides many services which are well utilised by Westcott residents including healthcare, schools, community-run sports and social clubs for older people.
Most recently a group of individuals, parish councillors and local businesses from villages across the Waddesdon ward have worked together under the leadership of the local District (& County) Councillor, Paul Irwin, to support the new Bernwode Community Bus. This is a shared asset that can be utilised by individuals and groups requiring a low cost transport solution across this rural setting.
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