Dinton, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates: 51°47′01″N 0°53′48″W / 51.7835°N 0.8967°W / 51.7835; -0.8967

Dinton
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Dinton from the south
Dinton is located in Buckinghamshire
Dinton
Dinton
 Dinton shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 809 (civil parish)[1]
OS grid reference SP7610
Civil parish Dinton with Ford and Upton
District Aylesbury Vale
Shire county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
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Dinton is a village in Buckinghamshire, England. It is in the south of the Aylesbury Vale on the ancient turnpike leading from Aylesbury to Thame (although this road has since been diverted away from the village). It is within the civil parish of Dinton with Ford and Upton in the district of Aylesbury Vale.

The village name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'Dunna's estate'. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was listed as Danitone.

There was an ancient mansion house in this parish that belonged to the Mayne family for many years (they were lords of the manor in 1086). This has long since disappeared, but the groundworks of the ancient manor house still remain and are a goldmine of archaeological finds. There is also a ruined mock-fortified building, Dinton Castle also known as Dinton Folly, though this was constructed much later (in 1769) by Sir John Vanhattem. This octagonal folly is a listed building and has recently undergone some restoration work.

Church of St Peter and St Paul

The 12th century parish church of Saints Peter and Paul is a grade I listed building. [2]

Next to the church is Dinton Hall; this fine many gabled mansion altered at various periods during its long history, was until the last quarter of the 20th century the seat of the Currie family and now owned by the Vanbergen family. Following the Curries' departure it was bought by a Mr. Smith. He carried out a program of restoration, and placed his own coat of arms above the mansion's portals. Since 2004 the mansion is owned by the Vanbergen family, and they have restored the mansion and brought in new facilities.

A notable resident of Dinton in the 17th century was John Bigg, the Dinton Hermit, who lived in a cave in the village. He was involved in the execution of King Charles I on 30 January 1649 and was reputed to have been the actual executioner. As one of the regicides Simon Mayne lived at Dinton, and was after his death in imprisonment buried at Dinton in 1661, it is possible that the executioner would have been given sanctuary and anonymity on one of the regicide's estates.

Within the parish border lay the hamlets of Westlington, Ford, Upton, Waldridge, Gibraltar and Aston Mullins.

There was also anciently a hamlet called Moreton in this parish, though today only the groundworks and ponds remain. This hamlet was wiped out sometime in the sixteenth century. The name mort / ton (death (fr) / town) is a signal that this settlement could have been wiped out and then subsequently abandoned after the inhabitants succumbed to the Black Death.

Cuddington and Dinton Church of England School is a mixed Church of England primary school. It is a voluntary aided school that has been formed from the merger of Cuddington and Dinton schools. It takes children from the age of four through to the age of eleven. The school now has just over one hundred pupils.

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