Martins Heron
Martins Heron is a leafy suburb
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an area in the civil parish of Winkfield
Winkfield is a village and civil parish in the Bracknell Forest unitary authority of Berkshire, England.-Geography:According to the 2001 census, the parish had a population of 15,271...

, on the eastern edge of Bracknell
Bracknell is a town and civil parish in the Borough of Bracknell Forest in Berkshire, England. It lies to the south-east of Reading, southwest of Windsor and west of central London...

 (a town in the Bracknell Forest
Bracknell Forest
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 district of Berkshire
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, UK
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, 25 miles west of London
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The name Martin's Heron is frequently misheard, and its name is a source of much confusion. It has nothing to do with the avian Heron
The herons are long-legged freshwater and coastal birds in the family Ardeidae. There are 64 recognised species in this family. Some are called "egrets" or "bitterns" instead of "heron"....

 but stems from the old English word for wasp - Hern. The area is bordered by Bracknell to the west and large wooded areas, notably Swinley Woods
Swinley Forest
Swinley Forest is a large expanse of English Crown Estate woodland mainly within the civil parishes of Windlesham in Surrey and Winkfield and Crowthorne in Berkshire.-Coverage:...

 on the east and Lily Hill Park to the north.

The area lies within the former parkland and grounds of a mansion, Martin's Herne (or Heron), built around 1750 but demolished in the early 1980s, which was associated with minor nobility for much of its life, including the 18th century British general, William Gordon
William Gordon (British Army officer)
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. The house made way for a small estate of mainly large detached houses.

Martins Heron and the neighbouring suburb The Warren are after a Parliamentary Boundary review in the Bracknell
Bracknell (UK Parliament constituency)
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 constituency - until 2010 they were in the Windsor Constituency.

Martin's Heron is well known locally as being the site of Harry Potter
Harry Potter
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's uncle and aunt's house. The filmed version of the first of JK Rowling's famous stories, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film)
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was filmed partly on location. The external scenes with the actor Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe is an English actor who rose to prominence playing the titular character in the Harry Potter film series....

 playing Harry Potter at his house were shot on location at a house in Picket Post Close, Martin's Heron. However, according to the documentary Creating the World of Harry Potter, logistics made this location impractical as a long-term filming location, so a portion of the street was recreated on the backlot of Leavesden Film Studios
Leavesden Film Studios
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Martins Heron railway station
Martins Heron railway station
Martins Heron railway station is a railway station in the suburb of Martins Heron, Winkfield on the eastern edge of the town of Bracknell in Berkshire, England. It is on the London Waterloo-Reading line, between Ascot and Bracknell...

 serves commuters travelling to London Waterloo
Waterloo station
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 and Reading, Berkshire
Reading, Berkshire
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. The railway station is small but is manned during the morning and is equipped with CCTV. The station is situated right next to a Tesco
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 supermarket, and indeed was built by the supermarket chain, as a precondition of the supermarket being built.

Martin's Heron Tesco is also used for filming. Until recently it was one of the very few Tesco supermarkets in the country that is not open on Sunday, owing to concerns from local residents. It also has restricted opening hours on weekdays. It has therefore been used as a filming location for many of the Tesco television adverts featuring Prunella Scales
Prunella Scales
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 and Jane Horrocks
Jane Horrocks
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among others.

Tesco Martin's Heron was extended in 2008, drastically increasing its size and drawing new customers to the area. However this has been an issue that has been addressed by the local residents many times, and it has taken years for Tesco to receive planning permission to go ahead with the build. The new store was finished in May 2008.

Next to Tesco, sits the Martin's Heron and The Warren Community Hall. This is a small local hall, which has also been refurbished. It had an extension built at the start of the new millennium, and now contains the main hall, as well as the annexe hall, cloakrooms and a small waiting area. It is mostly used by the local nursery school, as well as the Martin's Heron School of Dance, which holds classes most evenings during term time.

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