Castlethorpe shown within Buckinghamshire
|OS grid reference|
|Unitary authority||Milton Keynes|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||MILTON KEYNES|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Milton Keynes North|
Castlethorpe is a village and civil parish with a population of about 1000 in the Borough of Milton Keynes (ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire), England. It is about 3 miles (4.8 km) north-east of Stony Stratford, 4 miles (6.4 km) north-west of Newport Pagnell and 7 miles (11 km) north of Central Milton Keynes. It is separated from the county of Northamptonshire by the River Tove.
The village is relatively more recent than those around it, and it started out in life as a castle belonging to the lord of the manor of nearby Hanslope. A settlement of servants and manual workers grew up around the castle and this became the village of Castlethorpe (thorpe is an Old Norse language (particularly Danish) word for homestead, and it is not unreasonable to assume that there may well have been a Danish settlement nearby as the area was, if not part of, certainly close to, the Danelaw). The castle was damaged in 1215 in a feud between Foulkes de Brent, who had been sent by King John (John of England), and William Mauduit, the castle's owner. Mauduit was reputedly in rebellion against the King. Although Mauduit returned to claim his seat after the King's death, the castle was demolished shortly afterward. All that is left today are the grassy mounds of the former Motte-and-Bailey castle.
The parish church is dedicated to St Simon and St Jude, and dates back to Anglo-Saxon times, though the present church is of mainly Norman design. Castlethorpe has grown up around the church and some traditional old stone cottages at the centre of the village which is currently designated a conservation area. It is the centre of a Civil Parish.
Rail and canal
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Castlethorpe.|
- Parish Website for the village of Castlethorpe in Milton Keynes
- Castlethorpe page at UK & Ireland Genealogy
- Castlethorpe Village Historical Records & Photographs