Cheddington

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Cheddington
St. Giles, Cheddington - The Tower - geograph.org.uk - 330028.jpg
St. Giles' parish church tower
Cheddington is located in Buckinghamshire
Cheddington
Cheddington
 Cheddington shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 1,754 [1]
OS grid reference SP9217
Civil parish Cheddington
District Aylesbury Vale
Shire county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Leighton Buzzard
Postcode district LU7
Dialling code 01296
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Buckingham
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Coordinates: 51°50′49″N 0°39′50″W / 51.847°N 0.664°W / 51.847; -0.664

Cheddington is a village and civil parish in the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire. The parish has an area of 1,429 acres (578 ha). The village is about 6 miles north-east of Aylesbury and three miles north of Tring in Hertfordshire. The hamlet of Cooks Wharf has grown up where the main road into the village from Pitstone crosses the Grand Union Canal.

Archaeology[edit]

At Southend Hill near the village are the remains of an Iron Age hill fort which has been largely obliterated through arable cultivation.[2]

History[edit]

The earliest known record of the village is in the Domesday Book in which it is called Cetendone, which is Old English for "Cetta's Hill". The Church of England parish church of Saint Giles was originally Norman. There is also a Methodist church with a large congregation.

Cheddington manor house is a much gabled and half timbered red brick building under a tiled roof, dating from the 16th century.

In 1963 Cheddington featured in the national press as it was near the location of the "Great Train Robbery" of 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge in the hamlet of Ledburn.[3]

In 1984, again Cheddington achieved national notoriety as the location of the first assault by Malcolm Fairley, a violent armed rapist, nicknamed "The Fox" because of his cunning nocturnal attacks.[4]

In the last thirty years Cheddington, due to its railway station and easy access to four towns, has more than quadrupled in size.[5] In information released from the 2001 Census, Cheddington has the highest density[citation needed] of people under the age of 35 in the whole of Buckinghamshire.

In 2005 Cheddington won the Buckinghamshire Best Kept Village Competition DeFraine Cup[6] and also the Buckinghamshire Village of the Year Competition. It went on to win the East of England Young People award in the national competition. Cheddington also won the smaller villages category in the 2006 and 2007 Buckinghamshire Village of the Year Competition and received a special community building award.

Amenities[edit]

The village has two public houses: The Swan, a thatched inn, and The Three Horseshoes. A third inn, known as the Rosebery Arms, designed by the Victorian architect George Devey has recently been converted into houses.

Cheddington Combined School is a mixed, community primary school, that takes children between the ages of four and 11. The school has about 200 pupils, and its catchment area includes the neighbouring parishes of Horton and Slapton.

Cheddington has various clubs including a tennis club, a bell ringers' association, a badminton club, a history society, a bowls club, a petanque club and a football team.

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