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Deanshanger is located in Northamptonshire
Deanshanger shown within Northamptonshire
Population 3,817 (2011)
OS grid reference SP7639
• London 55miles
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Milton Keynes
Postcode district MK19
Dialling code 01908
Police Northamptonshire
Fire Northamptonshire
Ambulance East Midlands
EU Parliament East Midlands
UK Parliament
List of places
52°02′50″N 0°53′34″W / 52.0473°N 0.8928°W / 52.0473; -0.8928Coordinates: 52°02′50″N 0°53′34″W / 52.0473°N 0.8928°W / 52.0473; -0.8928

Deanshanger, pronounced deans-hanger, is a village and civil parish in South Northamptonshire, west-northwest of Milton Keynes. In 2007 it was joined with the civil parish of Wicken to form Deanshanger ward, returning two councillors. The population of the civil parish (including Puxley) at the 2011 census was 3,817.[1]


Deanshanger used to be called Daneshanger, "Shanger" being an old English word, meaning a clearing in the woods - hence Daneshanger was a clearing in the woods where the Danes lived.[2]

The original population centre of the parish was the hamlet of Passenham. However, from the late 18th century the coming of the Grand Union Canal to the east made Deanshanger an agricultural industrial centre causing it to grow quickly. This growth accelerated with the building of the London and Birmingham Railway in the first half of the 19th century which passed through the nearby villages of Wolverton, Bletchley and Roade.

After a fall out with Henry II in 1170 AD, Thomas Becket is said to have sought refuge in the Gilbertine Monastery in Deanshanger (or Dinneshangra as it was then known). Although disguised as a peasant, he was nevertheless recognised by a farm labourer known only as Wayne.[citation needed] At the time the only water supply in the village was foul and brackish, and having heard of the miracle that Becket was said to have performed at nearby Northampton, the farm labourer pleaded with Becket to repeat the performance. Becket is said to have looked towards Heaven, struck the ground with his staff, and immediately a fresh spring appeared. This is one of 703 miracles that is said to have led to his canonisation.[3]

Kingsbrook School Stabbing

In 2010 a sixteen-year-old boy was stabbed outside Kingsbrook Secondary school in Deanshanger and later died of his injuries.[4] Adil Basharat was attacked by a group of four men and the four were arrested. They were tried in July 2011[5]. Adam Moore, 20, of Bridge Road, Cosgrove, denied murder at Northampton Crown Court but was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 16 years before he could be considered for parole. Moore was also found guilty of violent disorder and not guilty of conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm. Jacob Batten, 22, of Mallings Road and Freddy Wilson, 20, of Glebe Road, and Daniel Anderso, 20, of Horsefair Green, all were acquitted of murder and manslaughter but found guilty of violent disorder and each jailed for three years.[6]

The school, a sports college, merged with former Roade school in September 2011.[7] The merged school was renamed The Elizabeth Woodville School. Woodville, Queen Consort of England during the 19-year reign of Edward IV of England between 1464 and 1483, was born in Grafton Regis, a township halfway between the two schools.[8]


At the time of the 2001 census, Deanshanger parish had a population of 2,900 citizens[9] and in 2010 was estimated to be 3,877,[10] falling to 3,817 at the 2011 census.


From the 1820s, the main industry in the village was an iron foundry and later an iron oxide works (making pigment for paint).[11] This gave some of the surrounding area a red colouration from the oxide dust. However, in 1999, the works closed and was demolished. By 2008, most of the works land has been replaced by the construction of several new housing estates. Extensive remedial work was needed to reverse the harmful effects of the previous industrial use of the site there are still signs of the red stained oxide all around the village. Some land has designated for light industrial use.

Local Amenities[edit]

The village has village hall and community centre (extended in 2008) to provide a venue for events and facilities for community groups, a doctor's surgery and a library. Other amenities include a primary school,[12] and a secondary school, the aforementioned Elizabeth Woodville School, [13] which is split over two sites across the town. The schools' grounds include the site of a Roman villa.[14]

There is a parish church (Holy Trinity, Church of England) and a Methodist chapel, a post office, a pub and two members' clubs (sports and social, Conservative club[15]), a pharmacy, a hairdresser, a pizza and kebab takeaway, a Chinese and fish and chips takeaway, a mobile takeaway, and other village stores and newsagent's shops including a greengrocers. In December 2015, The Co-operative Food opened a store on the High Street, where The Fox & Hounds Public House was situated, previously planned to be a Morrisons. The store has an in store bakery, fresh meat, produce, frozen foods and groceries as well as beers, wines, spirits, cash machine and a Costa Coffee machine. On the edge of the village on the A422, is a golf and country club, a hotel, a Thai restaurant and a petrol and service station.[16] The town has a parish council office, which is a former school and Baptist Church, which was renovated in 2008.


The village is home to Deanshanger Athletic Football Club, founded in 1946. The club consists of men's teams (First and Reserves) who play in the North Bucks & District Football League, and an under 18's team, competing in the Milton Keynes Youth Football League.[17] For children, there is a pre-school playgroup, youth club, and junior football club.[18]

Annual Celebrations

The village's annual event is a revival of the historic Feast[19] held on a Saturday afternoon and evening in October each year. This includes a fun fair, stalls and firework show.

There is an active village heritage society that organises the Feast, the planting of spring flowers on the roads into the village in autumn, cleaning of the stream (the King's Brook) in spring and carol singing in December.


There are two regular bus services between Deanshanger and Milton Keynes - the 89/X89,[20] operated by Stagecoach and running hourly between 6:00-19:00 Monday to Friday, and 8:00-18:00 Saturday only - and the 90/90A,[21] which are operated by UNO on weekdays and Saturdays and run between 8:00-15:30 every two hours. There are also bus services between MK and Deanshanger and Buckingham on Friday and Saturday nights, running from 19:00-1:00AM.[22] These are also operated by Stagecoach. Finally, there is the 83,[23] a school service open to the public which runs from Deanshanger to Buckingham once a day (8:00AM), and Buckingham to Deanshanger (5:30PM). This bus also stops at Silverstone UTC, and is operated by a Stagecoach double decker. On a Sunday Country Lion operate a menagerie of the 89 and the 90, numbered 90, which operates at a far reduced frequency but stops at a combination of the stops on both routes.[24]

School bus services operate additionally between Deanshanger and Buckingham, stopping at Buckingham School and The Royal Latin School. Two of these (941 and 943) are operated by Bucks County Council, contracted out to Marshall's Coaches, whilst the third (702)[25] is a private hire bus operated by the parents of schoolchildren who felt let down by the previous school service - this is also operated by Marshall's Coaches. These leave Deanshanger in convoy at 8:16, and generally leave Buckingham (Via RLS) at about 15:45, arriving back at 16:00.

The nearest railway station is Wolverton for services to London Euston railway station, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Birmingham and north. Milton Keynes railway station (on the same line) is the nearest station to give access to fast trains to London (40 minutes), intercity and cross-country services. There are several private hire taxi services.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Bill Foddy's memories". 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  3. ^ David Saint. Most wanted man's miracle. Northampton Chronicle & Echo. 29 December 2008. Retrieved 8 November 2009
  4. ^ "Boy injured in Deanshanger group attack dies". 2010-11-21. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  5. ^ "School stabbing of Adil Basharat 'mistaken identity'". 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  6. ^ "Adil Basharat school gates murder: Man jailed for life". 2011-08-08. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  7. ^ Northampton Chronicle & Echo, 13 June 2011
  8. ^ "Elizabeth Woodville School at the northamptonshire County Council website". Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  9. ^ Office for National Statistics: Deanshanger CP: Parish headcounts. Retrieved 8 November 2009
  10. ^ SNC (2010). South Northamptonshire Council Year Book 2010-2011. Towcester NN12 7FA. p. 39. 
  11. ^ "Deanshanger community memory project". Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  12. ^ "Deanshanger Primary School". Archived from the original on 2003-10-30. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  13. ^ "Roade School Sports College". Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  14. ^ "historical and archaeology review of Deanshanger and Passenham". Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  15. ^ "Deanshanger and District". Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  16. ^ "2001 sales promotion to highlight the taxes on petrol". Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  17. ^ "Deanshanger Athletic". Deanshanger Athletic. 2015-01-14. Retrieved 2015-01-14. 
  18. ^ "Deanshanger Colts". Deanshanger Colts. 2011-12-19. Retrieved 2012-02-11. 
  19. ^ 2008 Feast report Buckingham News
  20. ^ "Stagecoach 89/X89 Timetable" (PDF). 
  21. ^ "UNO 90/90A Timetable" (PDF). 
  22. ^ "Stagecoach 91 Timetable" (PDF). 
  23. ^ "Stagecoach 83 Timetable" (PDF). 
  24. ^ "Country Lion 90 Timetable" (PDF). 
  25. ^ "Marshalls 702 Timetable". 

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