South Bucks Jewish Community
The towns of Beaconsfield & Gerrards Cross
The town of Beaconsfield, with a population of about 11,000, is situated about 30 miles northwest of London. It was an urban district until 1974, when it merged with parts of the rural district of Eton (including the village of Gerrards Cross) to form the local government district of Beaconsfield in the county of Buckinghamshire. In 1980, the district was renamed South Bucks.
Beaconsfield was the home constituency of Benjamin Disraeli, who served twice as British Prime Minister during the reign of Queen Victoria and, so far, is only person of Jewish descent to do so (although he was was baptized in the Anglican Church at an early age). In 1876, he was raised to peerage, taking the title Earl of Beaconsfield.
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