Ludgershall, Buckinghamshire

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Ludgershall
St Mary, Ludgershall, Bucks - geograph.org.uk - 333932.jpg
St Mary the Virgin parish church
Ludgershall is located in Buckinghamshire
Ludgershall
Ludgershall
 Ludgershall shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 409 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SP661174
Civil parish Ludgershall
District Aylesbury Vale
Shire county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Aylesbury
Postcode district HP18
Dialling code 01844
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Buckingham
Website Ludgershall Village Buckinghamshire
List of places
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England
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Coordinates: 51°51′07″N 1°02′28″W / 51.852°N 1.041°W / 51.852; -1.041

The former schoolhouse, now a private home

Ludgershall is a village and civil parish in the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, England. It is near the boundary with Oxfordshire, about 5.5 miles (9 km) south-east of Bicester and 5 miles (8 km) west of Waddesdon.

Toponym[edit]

The toponym is said to be derived from the Old English for "nook with a trapping spear"[2] but this is disputed.[3] It occurs in more than one place in England (see Ludgershall). The Domesday Book of 1086 records the village as Litlegarsele.

History[edit]

Henry II granted land in the parish to the priory of Santingfeld in Picardy, France. It is possible that a hospital was founded on this land, although it is uncertain. In the reign of Henry VI, when all alien church possessions were seized by the Crown, this land was given to King's College, Cambridge.[4][5]

The theologian John Wyclif was vicar of Ludgershall 1368–74.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics 2011 Census". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Tengstrand, Erik (1940). Genitival Composition in Old English Place-names. Uppsala: Almqvist & Wiksells. p. 219. 
  3. ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1960). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names (4th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 306–307. ISBN 0-19-869103-3. 
  4. ^ Page 1905, p. 395.
  5. ^ "King’s College Estates Records" (Microsoft Word document). King's College, University of Cambridge. Retrieved 30 October 2007. 
  6. ^ Page 1927, pp. 68–73.

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External links[edit]

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