Great Horwood

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Coordinates: 51°58′23″N 0°52′41″W / 51.973°N 0.878°W / 51.973; -0.878

Great Horwood
Great Horwood is located in Buckinghamshire
Great Horwood
Great Horwood
 Great Horwood shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 1,049 [1]
OS grid reference SP770312
Civil parish Great Horwood
District Aylesbury Vale
Shire county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MILTON KEYNES
Postcode district MK17
Dialling code 01296
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Buckingham
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Great Horwood is a small village and is also a civil parish within Aylesbury Vale district in Buckinghamshire, England with a population of about 1025 people (2001 Census). It is about five miles ESE of Buckingham, six miles WSW of Milton Keynes.

The village name 'Horwood' is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'muddy wood'. The affix 'Great' was added later to differentiate it from the adjacent village Little Horwood. In the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in 792 the village was recorded as Horwudu.

The village was from ancient times on the periphery of the Whaddon Chase: royal hunting land that stretched across the north part of the Aylesbury Vale. In 1447 the village was granted Royal charter to hold a weekly market, thus becoming a market town. The rents from the market were collected by New College, Oxford.

Great Horwood is no longer a market town.

A hamlet within the parish border of Great Horwood is Singleborough.

Both Great Horwood village itself and Singleborough have Conservation Areas and there are 46 Grade II listed buildings in the Parish.

The parish church is dedicated to St James.

The village is also home to Great Horwood Church of England Combined School, which is a mixed Church of England primary school. It is a voluntary controlled school, which takes children from the age of four through to the age of eleven. The school has approximately 160 pupils. Its catchment area also includes the villages of Thornborough, Nash, Beachampton and Whaddon.

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  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 3 February 2013

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