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Weston Turville shown within Buckinghamshire
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Weston Turville is a village and also a civil parish within Aylesbury Vale district in Buckinghamshire, England. It is located about a mile and a half south east of Aylesbury and the parish is bisected across the top by Akeman Street. Located to the north of the village on the Brook End road leading to Aston Clinton is the hamlet of Bye Green.
The village name 'Weston' is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'western estate' or western homestead as 'tun' means an enclosed farm in Angle. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the village is recorded as Westone. The suffix 'Turville' was added later, referring to the lords of the manor in the 13th century, and to differentiate the village from other places called Weston. Between 1236 and 1539, Weston Turville had grown to have five areas or ends - Church End, Brook End, South End, West End and World's End. These five ends still exist in present times as documented by Hamish Eaton's book "Weston Turville A History" published in 1997.
The 13th century church of St. Mary the Virgin is the parish church for Weston Turville and is a grade I listed building. A church has existed on the land at the end of Church Walk since the 12th century; however all that remains of the original church is the font and an octagonal shaft built into the south wall of the chancel.
The nearest railway station is Stoke Mandeville on the London to Aylesbury Line, operated by Chiltern Railways. Weekday buses that serve Weston Turville run between Aylesbury and RAF Halton, and are operated by Arriva and Redline. Additionally a service connects to both Aylesbury and Leighton Buzzard on Sundays.
Weston Turville has a small bird reserve which was established by BBONT (Bucks, Beds and Oxford Nature Trust), now BBOWT (Bucks, Beds and Oxford Wildlife Trust). The site has one hide and can be accessed from the main reservoir footpath. Weston Turville was also at one time, one of the main places where Aylesbury ducks were bred.
A notable resident of the village in the 16th century was Dr John Colet. It is after him that the John Colet School in nearby Wendover is named. At one time the UK TV presenter and Radio DJ Noel Edmonds had a home in Weston Turville. Currently former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn and Richard Lapthorne Chairman of Cable & Wireless Communications live in the village.
- Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 3 February 2013
- "Name: CHURCH OF ST MARY List entry Number: 1118358". English Heritage. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
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