Dagnall Village Hall

Aerial view of Dagnall village
Location within Buckinghamshire
OS grid referenceSP9965
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBerkhamsted
Postcode districtHP4
Dialling code01442
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteWelcome to Edlesborough Parish Council Website
List of places
51°50′10″N 0°33′36″W / 51.836°N 0.560°W / 51.836; -0.560Coordinates: 51°50′10″N 0°33′36″W / 51.836°N 0.560°W / 51.836; -0.560

Dagnall is a village in the parish of Edlesborough, in Buckinghamshire, England.

The place name is derived from the Old English for "Daegga's Knoll". In manorial rolls of 1196 it was listed as Dagenhale. The spelling Dagenhale appears in a legal record of 1450. Thomas Bradwater is listed as a husbandman of the place.[1]

Dagnall is in the Chiltern Hills and in the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is next to the Ashridge Estate, owned and managed by The National Trust. House prices are significantly higher than average, in common with comparable locations in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire.


Five main roads link Dagnall with the nearby towns of Dunstable, Leighton Buzzard, Tring, Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted, and slightly further on to the larger towns of Luton, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes. The nearest villages to Dagnall are Ashridge, Studham and Whipsnade. Whipsnade Zoo is on the hill above the village.

Parish church

All Saints' parish church is a Church of England and Methodist local ecumenical partnership and has clergy from both denominations.

Dagnall C of E School

Dagnall Church of England School is a mixed, community church primary school, which has capacity for 105 pupils and today educates children from the ages of three to eleven. The school became a voluntary aided church school, under the Diocese of St Albans, in 2016, and changed its name to Dagnall VA C of E School. Dagnall School, as it was then called, opened in 1909. In 1989 the number of registered pupils at Dagnall County First School, as it was then called, had fallen to just 13 and the school was at risk of closure. This risk came partly from the Education Reform Act 1988 which would introduce a National Curriculum that the school might not have been able to meet. A dedicated campaign saved the school by 1990.[2]

Local amenities

Amenities include one public house, two farm shops and a vehicle repair garage. The post office closed in 1985 and the general convenience store closed in the 1990s. There is little public transport. School buses are provided for children that go to Edlesborough School and Secondary Schools such as The Cottesloe School in Wing. The nearest railway station is at Berkhamsted. The nearest international airport is London Luton Airport. The village is currently under the main landing flight path into the airport.

The Icknield Way Path passes through the village on its 110-mile journey from Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire to Knettishall Heath in Suffolk. The Icknield Way Trail, a multi-user route for walkers, horse riders and off-road cyclists also passes close to the village.

Notable residents

Tim Sherwood, a former professional footballer, lives on the edge of the village. He played for Watford, Norwich City, Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspur, Portsmouth and Coventry City.

Graham Barber, retired FA referee, used to live in the village.

A number of films and television shows have been filmed around Dagnall, including First Knight, Dinotopia, Humans (TV series), Worzel Gummidge 2019

Recent developments

There have been many developments within the village over the last few years, the most notable being the building of a children's play area and a running track around the recreation ground which is located towards the north of the village. There are also plans for the village hall to be extended within the near future.

More recently, red kites have been observed in increasing numbers and have become a common sight in the village.