St Michael's parish church
Steeple Claydon shown within Buckinghamshire
|Population||2,278 (2011 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Steeple Claydon|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Steeple Claydon Parish Council|
Steeple Claydon is a village and civil parish in the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, England. The village is about 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Buckingham, 4.5 miles (7 km) west of Winslow and 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Waddesdon. The 2011 Census recorded the parish population as 2,278.
The toponym "Claydon" is derived from the Old English for "clay hill". The Domesday Book of 1086 records the area (including nearby Botolph Claydon, East Claydon and Middle Claydon) as Claindone. The affix "steeple" refers to the steeple of the Church of England parish church, which is prominent in the village. The manor of Steeple Claydon was once a royal possession. It was given as a wedding gift to Robert D'Oyly by King Henry I because D'Oyly was marrying one of the king's former mistresses. Later, after changing hands several times it came into the possession of King Edward IV when his grandfather the Earl of March left it to him. The manor house has since been pulled down. Thomas Chaloner, a regicide, had a school built in the village in 1656. This site was later made into the public library.
Steeple Claydon is now one of the largest villages in the Aylesbury Vale. It has three pubs, a Co-Op with cash machine, a newsagent, a bakery, a post office, a hairdresser, a fish & chips shop, a dentist, a doctor's surgery and a garage. The village also has a successful football side, Steeple Claydon Football Club. The village has had some notable residents, including Florence Nightingale.
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