Chalfont St Giles is steeped in a rich history, dating back to 1086 when it was first really put on the map with the Norman church built sometime in the 12th century. As well as the church there is also a duck pond, which receives its water from the River Misbourne.
In the Domesday Book in 1086 Chalfont St Giles and Chalfont St Peter are listed as separate Manors with different owners. They were separate holdings before the Norman Conquest.
During the Great Plague of London in 1665, John Milton retired to Chalfont
St Giles, which is where he completed his epic poem Paradise Lost. Milton's Cottage is still in the village, and is open to the public. If you are visiting Chalfont St Giles, please check Milton's cottage website for opening hours, and pop into the Crown after for a lunch or drink!
The inspiration for Paradise Regained is said to have been found in this parish from a conversation with a former pupil, Thomas Ellwood.
For the film buffs amongst us, you will be interested to know that Chalfont St Giles has been the location of several film and television programmes:
It doubled as Walmington-on-Sea in the 1971 film version of Dad's Army. John Laurie, one of the main actors, lived in Chalfont St Peter, the Crown was featured as Captain Mainwaring's bank!!
The Miller's Tale episode of the BBC Drama The Canterbury Tales was filmed in and around Chalfont St Giles as was an episode of the BBC sitcom As Time Goes By. It was the location for the filming of Episode 6 of Series 3 of Peep Show. The Hammer House of Horror in 1980 utilised the village, when poor Kathryn Lee Scott was scared witless as "shot at close range" Stanley pulls up opposite The Crown pub while her husband Simon MacCorkindale (from 1983's "Manimal" TV series) is off galavanting around the village. Also the village has been in the sweeney in 1978, briefly featured as George Sewell made a call in an episode entitled "Bait", first aired on October 19th 1978 this is episode 7 of series 4.
Lastly we actually see it everyday on the TV, in the BBC London News, blink and you'll miss it. Chalfont St Giles is included in the intro sequence!
So please come to the village and enjoy what we have to offer in our history, shops and beautiful countryside, then when you need some peace and a great meal or even a drink, drop in to Captain Mainwaring's bank!