- Aylesbury Vale
The Aylesbury Vale (or Vale of Aylesbury) is a large area of flat land largely to be found in
Buckinghamshire, England. Its boundary is marked by Milton Keynesto the north, Leighton Buzzardand the Chiltern Hillsto the east and south, Thameto the south and Bicesterto the west.
The vale is named after
Aylesbury, the county town of Buckinghamshire. Two other towns lie within the vale and they are Winslow and Buckingham.
The bed of the vale is largely made up of
claythat was formed at the end of the ice age. Also at this time the vast underground reserves of water that make the water tablehigher than average in the Vale of Aylesbury were created.
Today the area is a local government district of northern Buckinghamshire, administered by Aylesbury Vale District Council. This district was formed on
April 1, 1974by the merger of the boroughs of Aylesburyand Buckingham, Aylesbury Rural District, Buckingham Rural District, Wing Rural Districtand part of Winslow Rural District.
In the 2001 UK
censusthe population of Aylesbury Vale was 165,748, representing an increase since 1991 of 18,600 people [http://www.statistics.gov.uk/census2001/profiles/11ub.asp] . About half of those live in the county townAylesbury.
There are 111 civil parishes: 84 with a parish or town council and a further 27 operating with a Parish meeting, see list of civil parishes in Aylesbury Vale
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