Aston Clinton from the church tower
The Old School
Aston Clinton shown within Buckinghamshire
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Aston Clinton is a village and civil parish close to the main A41 road in Buckinghamshire, England between Tring and Aylesbury. The parish covers 3,809 acres (1,541 ha) and is about 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Aylesbury. The village is at the foot of the chalk escarpment of the Chiltern Hills at the junction of the pre-historic track the Icknield Way with Akeman Street Roman road. It is bisected both at the northern end of the parish by the Aylesbury Arm and in the centre of the parish by the Wendover Arm of the Grand Union Canal.
It is believed that the village started at the crossing of two Roman roads, Akeman Street and Icknield Way, both of which are still main roads in the village. After the fall of the Roman Empire, it became a Saxon settlement and remains of a Saxon cemetery were found during the construction of the Aston Clinton Bypass.
Before the Norman conquest of England in 1066 the settlement was held by Wlwen probably under patronage of King Edward the Confessor. The village is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 where in Old English it was called Estone, which means "eastern estate".
The manor, later to be known as Aston Clinton, was for a short period after 1100 under the control of Edward de Salisbury, who was King Henry I’s standard-bearer. In 1217 King Henry III gave it to Sir William de Farendon. However by 1237 the manor was owned by the de Clinton family, hence the name at that time of Aston de Clinton. William de Clinton separated out from Aston Clinton a new manor called Chivery as a dowry for his daughter Alice. Sometime after 1239, King Edward I granted the estates to the Montacutes, who were the ancestors of the Earls of Salisbury. Their descendant the Countess of Salisbury was beheaded by King Henry VIII in 1541. Successive families owned the manor, passing by marriage from the Hastings to the Barringtons, Gerards, and then to Lord Lake of Aston Clinton later to become Gerard Lake, 1st Viscount Lake.
On 22 September 1934 a Handley Page W.10 a twin-engined biplane airline named Youth of New Zealand of Sir Alan Cobham's National Aviation Displays, crashed into a field near the canal at Aston Clinton. The Youth of New Zealand had just departed from Heston Aerodrome after being refuelled when it crashed killing all four crew. The probable cause was the failure of a bolt through metal fatigue.
The modern parish of Aston Clinton was created in 1934. Of the other medieval manors:- Dundridge; Chivery; St Leonards and Vaches, historically all closely associated with Aston Clinton, only Chivery and Vaches have remained distinct parts of Aston Clinton, which now forms part of Aylesbury Vale District. Dundridge manor became part of the ecclesiastical parish of St Leonards which has itself since 1934 become part of the parish of Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards.
Aston Clinton Civil Parish is bordered by other civil parishes (see gallery below) to the:
- North by: Bierton with Broughton, Hulcott (Bucks) & Tring Rural (Herts)
- East by: Buckland (Bucks)
- South by: Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards & Wendover (Bucks)
- West by: Halton & Weston Turville (Bucks)
St. Michael and All Angels parish church dates from the 13th and 14th centuries.
The car manufacturer Aston Martin took one part of its name from the village combining it with that of its co-founder Lionel Martin. It had great success in the Aston Clinton Hillclimb competition up nearby Aston Hill. A plaque now marks the site.
In the centre of the village is the Anthony Hall, a concert hall which was donated to the village by the widow of Anthony Nathan de Rothschild.
Aston Clinton School is a primary school that takes pupils between the ages of 4 and 11. The school has approximately 275 pupils. The school badge includes the five arrows from the Rothschild coat of arms, because the family built the first schools in the village.
Rock band Marillion were originally formed in the village in 1979 as Silmarillion.
There are several motor vehicle garages in Aston Clinton, Triumph which is for motorbikes only and JP Marques who sold second hand cars, however JP Marques main garage shut and has now been demolished to make way for six new homes and the company has now moved locations further east in the village and now specialises in Minis.
In 2009 a new Household waste and recycling centre was built to the north Aston Clinton, north of the A41, The recycling centre is shown, highlighted in green, on the map below, in the next section.
In 2011 a new industrial park opened in Aston Clinton called Halton Brook Business Park, designed and developed by Horstonbridge which replaced an old dairy, demolished in 2006, that once stood in the same location. Two companies currently occupy Halton Brook, Zethon & DeSoutter Medical. Halton Brook is located on the map below.
According to the 2001 census there are 1,402 households in Aston Clinton with a Population of 3,542: 1,725 males and 1,817 females.
In accordance with the government plans to boost housing supply, due to the rising population, there has been an increase in new housing developments in Aston Clinton: The Burnhams (19 dwellings), Stratford Close (20 dwellings, 28 flats near the surgery, four detached houses to the south of London Road Pavilion Gardens (14 dwellings) and The Willows (three large detached houses).
||Bierton / Hulcott||Wingrave / Puttenham||Tringford / Wilstone|
|Aylesbury / Bedgrove||Tring / Drayton Beauchamp|
|Weston Turville / Stoke Mandeville||Wendover / Halton||St Leonards / Chivery|
Arla Foods UK Dairy
Arla Foods UK intends to build a new £150m, one billion litre liquid milk processing facility to the north of the village of Aston Clinton (still within the CP), on a 70-acre site north of the A41. The dairy would create almost 700 skilled jobs for the Aylesbury area. Arla announced that the dairy would be the first zero carbon milk processing facility in the world. Planning permission to the second of four planning applications was granted by Aylesbury Vale District Council on 23 September 2011. Permission was subject to a decision by the UK Government and negotiations between the parties over road and infrastructure improvements.
The development has been subject to controversy with objections raised through 850 letters and a 1000+ petition by local residents. Additionally, Aston Clinton, Buckland and Bierton with Broughton Parish Councils have also objected to the plans, expressing major concerns about traffic fears and damage to the landscape among their concerns. However, both Aylesbury Town Council and Stoke Mandeville Parish Council voted in favour of the development, citing the benefits to the local economy through both temporary and over 150 additional permanent jobs.
- Aston Clinton House
- St Michael and All Angels Church, Aston Clinton
- Aylesbury Vale
- Aylesbury (UK Parliament constituency)
- Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 2 February 2013
- "Aston Clinton Home Page".[dead link]
- "Air Crash Victims" (News). The Times (London). Tuesday, 25 September 1934. (46868), col E, p. 9.
- "Four Victims Of Air Crash Ministry Expert's Theory, A Fractured Bolt" (News). The Times (London). Tuesday, 6 November 1934. (46904), col D, p. 16.
- "Location not so glam for drama". hemeltoday.co.uk (Johnston Press Digital Publishing). 14 February 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
- "Hotel Babylon". bbc.co.uk (BBC). 8 February 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
- "Ask the Expert - Red Bull’s Mark Webber". Ask the Expert. Formula One Administration Ltd. 27 May 2009. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- "Household waste and recycling centre, College Road North exit, off the A41 Aston Clinton bypass". AVDC. 7 Oct 2012.
- Arla Foods website Accessed 26-09-2011
- Jones, Alan (23 November 2009). "700 jobs to go at Lloyds". The Independent (London).
- Farmers Guardian website
- Arla Foods Buckinghamshire dairy plan approved BBC News online, Accessed 26-09-2011
- the plant the company is in a position for the dairy to be operational by the end of 2012Bucks Herald, Accessed 26-09-2011]
- Arla Foods website, Accessed 26-09-2011
- Official report urges politicians to give megadairy the green light Bucks Herald online, Accessed, 26-09-2011
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- Aston Clinton Parish Council
- Bypass opens.
- Saxon remains found in 2001 when bypass was being built.
- Aston Clinton Bypass site
- British History Online – Victoria County History of Buckinghamshire Volume 2 – Aston Clinton
- Aston Clinton School
- Aston Clinton Baptist Church
- Aston Clinton Bowls Club
- Aston [Clinton] in the Domesday Book