Tower of Holy Trinity parish church
|Gawcott shown within Buckinghamshire|
|Population||778 (2011 Census,parish)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
The toponym is derived from the Old English for "cottage for which rent is payable". The Domesday Book of 1086 records the village as Chauescote. Although an alternative description for the name of Gawcott, comes from the old Norse word for the Cuckoo 'Gaukr', pronounced Gawk and 'cott' for house/ home/ cottage. This explanation has some merit as in the west of the village the cuckoo was the prevalent bird up until the early 1940's when much of its habitat was destroyed to make space for servicemen in the second world war. One of the local historic public houses of the village was also named the Cuckoo's nest.
See also Sefton Delmer.
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