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Gayhurst is located in Buckinghamshire
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population128 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP849466
Civil parish
  • Gayhurst
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtMK16
Dialling code01908
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
52°06′44″N 0°45′39″W / 52.1122°N 0.7608°W / 52.1122; -0.7608Coordinates: 52°06′44″N 0°45′39″W / 52.1122°N 0.7608°W / 52.1122; -0.7608

Gayhurst is a village and civil parish in the unitary authority area of the City of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England.[2] It is about two and a half miles NNW of Newport Pagnell.

The village name is an Old English language word meaning 'wooded hill where goats are kept'. In the Domesday Book in 1086 it was recorded as Gateherst; later names include Goathurst.[3] At that time the manor was owned by Bishop Odo of Bayeux.[3]

Gayhurst had an outstation from the Bletchley Park codebreaking establishment, where some of the Bombes used to decode German Enigma messages in World War Two were housed.[citation needed]

In 1582, Queen Elizabeth I made a grant of Gayhurst Manor "in the event of its reversion to the Crown" to Sir Francis Drake,[3] but there is no record that he ever received it. The house once belonged to Sir Everard Digby (1578–1606), one of the conspirators in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.[3]

The church of St Peter was built in the classical style in 1728 to replace a medieval church; the designer is unknown.[4]


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Gayhurst (E04001254)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Contact your Parish, Town or Community Council". Milton Keynes Council. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d William Paige, ed. (1927). "Parishes : Gayhurst". A History of the County of Buckingham. Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol. 4. Constable & Co. Ltd. pp. 343–347.
  4. ^ Betjeman, J. (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the South. London: Collins; p. 127