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Church tower, Gawcott - - 1046242.jpg
Tower of Holy Trinity parish church
Gawcott is located in Buckinghamshire
Gawcott shown within Buckinghamshire
Population778 (2011 Census,parish)[1]
OS grid referenceSP6831
Civil parish
  • Gawcott with Lenborough
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBuckingham
Postcode districtMK18
Dialling code01280
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°58′52″N 1°00′36″W / 51.981°N 1.010°W / 51.981; -1.010Coordinates: 51°58′52″N 1°00′36″W / 51.981°N 1.010°W / 51.981; -1.010

Gawcott is a village about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southwest of Buckingham in Aylesbury Vale district in Buckinghamshire, England. The village is in the civil parish of Gawcott with Lenborough .

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 1940s 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.

To the east of the village is Signal Hill, which was a former FCO/MI6 signals intelligence station.

Sir George Gilbert Scott, the architect of the Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras railway station in London (and numerous other buildings), was born in Gawcott.[2][3]

See also Sefton Delmer.


  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 3 February 2013
  2. ^ Turnbull, Alan (24 August 2006). ""Secret Bases" Part 1". Pagliacci Productions Limited. Retrieved 2006-08-30.
  3. ^ "Get-a-map - Gawcott". Ordnance Survey. Retrieved 2006-09-15.[dead link]

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