Dunton, Buckinghamshire

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St Martin's Church
Dunton is located in Buckinghamshire
 Dunton shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 189 [1]
OS grid reference SP822241
   – London 40 mi (64 km)  SE
District Aylesbury Vale
Shire county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district MK18
Dialling code 01525
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Buckingham
List of places

Coordinates: 51°54′42″N 0°48′06″W / 51.9116°N 0.8018°W / 51.9116; -0.8018

Dunton is a village and civil parish in the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, England. The village is situated approximately 8 miles (13 km) north from Aylesbury and 4 miles (6.4 km) south-east from Winslow.

In 2011, Dunton had a population of 189.[1] The parish contains a Grade II* listed church.


According to A Dictionary of British Place Names, the Dunton name is Old English in origin, and means an estate linked to a man called 'Dodda' or 'Dudda'. In the 1086 Domesday Book Dunton it is recorded as "Dodintone."[2]

In the 1870s, John Marius Wilson described Dunton as: "a parish in Winslow district, Bucks; near the source of the river Thame, 4 miles SE by S of Winslow town and r. station."[3]

Dunton's parish church is dedicated to St Martin. The church nave dates to the 12th century, the chancel to the 13th, and the tower to the 15th. Rebuilding and restoration took place in the 18th century. St Martin's was Grade II* listed by English Heritage in 1959.[4][5] The church is the only public building in Dunton, and is a centre for parish social life.[6] Further parish Grade II listed buildings include The Old Rectory, an early 18th-century house; and Dunton Manor, a 16th-century house with later alterations.[7][8]


Dunton's population in 2011 was 189 according to census data.[1] Historically the parish population has not been this large. Past parish data shows population has only surpassed 100 people twice before 2001: once in 1831, when there were 116 people; and ten years later in 1841, when there were 107.[9]

The numbers of males and females follow a general trend[which?] between 1801 and 2011. The only year in which males and females were of equal number was 1961, when each numbered 38.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Dunton: Key figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  2. ^ Mills, Anthony David (2003); A Dictionary of British Place Names, Oxford University Press, revised edition (2011), p. 166. ISBN 019960908X
  3. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1870–72). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. Edinburgh: A.Fullerton & Co. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  4. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Martin (1211972)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Page, William. "Parishes: Dunton". British History Online. Victoria County History. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "St Martin's Church Dunton". Diocese of Oxford. Retrieved 6 February 2015. 
  7. ^ Historic England. "The Old Rectory, Main Road (1211976)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  8. ^ Historic England. "Dunton Manor, Hoggeston Road (1211969)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 7 February 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Dunton CP/AP through time: Population Statistics: Total Population". A Vision of Britain through Time. GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 

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