Whaddon, Buckinghamshire

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Coordinates: 52°00′00″N 0°49′41″W / 52.000°N 0.828°W / 52.000; -0.828

Whaddon
Whaddon is located in Buckinghamshire
Whaddon
Whaddon
 Whaddon shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 533 [1]
OS grid reference SP805340
Unitary authority Aylesbury Vale
Ceremonial county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MILTON KEYNES
Postcode district MK17
Dialling code 01908
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Buckingham
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Whaddon is a village and also a civil parish within Aylesbury Vale district, in Buckinghamshire.

The village name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'hill where wheat is grown'. The village is referred to several times in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle generally in the form of Hwætædun.

The village is at the centre of the ancient Whaddon Chase, the site for many centuries of royal hunting lands. Whaddon Chase is designated an area of 'Special Landscape Interest'.

Whaddon Church of England School 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 eight. The school has approximately 50 pupils.

Whaddon Hall[edit]

Whaddon Hall, (the village manor) was once home to the Selby-Lowndes family, whose ancestor William Lowndes built the larger and grander Winslow Hall. Both mansions are still private houses. During World War II Whaddon Hall served as headquarters of Section VIII (Communications) of MI6, under the command of Brigadier Richard Gambier-Parry. In February 1940, the "Station X" wireless interception function was transferred here from Bletchley Park.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 census, Accessed 3 February 2013
  2. ^ Pidgeon, Geoffrey (2003). Station X - The Secret Wireless War. Universal Publishing Solutions Online Ltd. ISBN 978-1-84375-252-3. 

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