Calverton, Buckinghamshire

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Calverton
Calverton is located in Buckinghamshire
Calverton
Calverton
Calverton shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 197 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference SP788387
Civil parish
  • Calverton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town MILTON KEYNES
Postcode district MK19
Dialling code 01908
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Buckinghamshire
52°02′29″N 0°51′00″W / 52.0414°N 0.8500°W / 52.0414; -0.8500Coordinates: 52°02′29″N 0°51′00″W / 52.0414°N 0.8500°W / 52.0414; -0.8500

Calverton is a civil parish in the Borough of Milton Keynes (ceremonial Buckinghamshire), England and just outside Milton Keynes itself.[2] The parish consists of three hamlets: Upper Weald, Middle Weald and Lower Weald. Lower Weald is the largest, and Manor Farm, the parish church and the former parochial school are within its boundaries. It is assumed by many people to be Calverton.

The village name is Old English, and means 'farm where calves are reared'. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the village was recorded as Calvretone.[3]

The west side of nearby Stony Stratford was once included with the ecclesiastic parish of Calverton (the east side being in Wolverton). "The manorial rights over the west side were held with those of Calverton, [which] led to the manor of Calverton being often called the manor of Calverton with Stony Stratford, and the fair and market of Stony Stratford were included among its appurtenances",[3] though an Act of Parliament in the 18th century separated them.[4]

The parish of Calverton was part of Stratford and Wolverton Rural District from 1894 to 1919, when the rural district became an urban district, subsequently renamed Wolverton urban district in 1920. The area was re-established as a separate parish in 2001.

The parish church is dedicated to All Saints. "It was rebuilt in stone in the 12th- and 14th-century styles between 1818 and 1824, when some of the old details were re-used".[3]

On 2 August 2011 the Grade 2* Listed Building Calverton Manor featured in BBC2's Restoration Home television series. The manor was sold in 1616 to Sir Simon Bennet, who had been Lord Mayor of London in 1603. The manor is reputedly haunted by the ghost of Lady Grace Bennett, who was murdered there in 1694.[5] The Bennet family also owned the nearby manor of Beachampton.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 3 February 2013
  2. ^ Parishes in Milton Keynes Archived June 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. - Milton Keynes Council.
  3. ^ a b c 'Parishes : Calverton', Victoria History of the Counties of England, A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 4 (1927), pp. 308-311.
  4. ^ 'Parishes : Stony Stratford', Victoria History of the Counties of England, A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 4 (1927), pp. 476-482.
  5. ^ Taylor, John. "Lady Grace Bennett - butchered by the butcher". Milton Keynes Heritage Association. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 

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