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Creslow is located in Buckinghamshire
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population22 (Mid-2010 pop est)[1]
OS grid referenceSP815215
Civil parish
  • Creslow
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtHP22
Dialling code01296
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°53′24″N 0°49′25″W / 51.8899°N 0.8236°W / 51.8899; -0.8236Coordinates: 51°53′24″N 0°49′25″W / 51.8899°N 0.8236°W / 51.8899; -0.8236

Creslow (occasionally also known as Christlow) is a village and civil parish within Aylesbury Vale district in Buckinghamshire, England. It is close to Whitchurch, about six and a half miles from Aylesbury. It is in the civil parish of Witchurch.

The village name is Anglo Saxon in origin, Cærsehlaw, meaning 'cress hill'. It was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Cresselai.[2]

In the Victorian era and much admired then,[2] there was just one house left in the village, the manor house, which dated from the 14th century.[2] It was then the property of Lord Clifford but has also now disappeared.

The church at Creslow, which dates from the 13th century,[2] was formerly owned by the Knights Hospitaller (the Order of St John of Jerusalem).[2] Following the dissolution of the Monasteries it was held by the Crown, and the whole of the manor was used as pasture for the cattle of the Royal Household. The ecclesiastical parish was abolished by Queen Elizabeth I[2] and the building itself was demolished during the English Civil War, by the regicide Cornelius Holland, and was never replaced.[3]

More recently Creslow was the site of a Foreign and Commonwealth Office/MI6 signals intelligence station, which was closed down in 1998.[4]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population estimates in England and Wales, mid-2010". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 February 2013.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f Parishes: Creslow', Victoria History of the Counties of England, A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 3 (1925), pp. 335-338. Date accessed: 22 April 2012
  3. ^ Quick, Kevin (2001-01-01). "Creslow – History & Descriptions". GENUKI. Archived from the original on 2006-02-20. Retrieved 2006-09-15.
  4. ^ Turnbull, Alan (2006-08-24). ""Secret Bases" Part 1". Pagliacci Productions Limited. Retrieved 2006-08-30.

External links[edit]

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