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Steeple Claydon is a village and civil parish in the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, England. The village is located around 4 miles south of Buckingham, 4.5 miles west of Winslow and 7 miles northwest of Waddesdon.
The village's name 'Claydon' is Anglo-Saxon in origin, and means 'clay hill'. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the area (including the nearby places of Botolph Claydon, East Claydon and Middle Claydon) was known as Claindone. The prefix 'Steeple' refers to the steeple of the parish church, which is prominent in the village and was added to differentiate it from the other local places. 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 it was left to him in the will of his grandfather the Earl of March. The manor house has since been pulled down. Thomas Chaloner, the regicide, built a school in the village in 1656. This site later became the public library.
Today Steeple Claydon is one of the largest villages in the Aylesbury Vale, and it has a very active local community. The village 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 very successful football side, Steeple Claydon Football Club. The village has also had some notable residents, one of whom was Florence Nightingale.
- Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 3 February 2013
- "A Topographical Dictionary of England - Claydon, Steeple (St. Michael)". British History Online. Retrieved 13 September 2007.
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