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Hardmead Rectory
Hardmead is located in Buckinghamshire
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population70 (Mid-2010 pop est)[1]
OS grid referenceSP935476
Civil parish
  • Hardmead
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtMK16
Dialling code01234
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°07′04″N 0°38′11″W / 52.1178°N 0.6363°W / 52.1178; -0.6363Coordinates: 52°07′04″N 0°38′11″W / 52.1178°N 0.6363°W / 52.1178; -0.6363

Hardmead is a small village and civil parish in the Borough of Milton Keynes and ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire, England.[2] It is in the north of the Borough, about seven miles west of Bedford, five miles north east of Newport Pagnell. The village is close to the A422 road, on a very small road linking that to nearby Newton Blossomville. It is in the civil parish of Astwood.

The village name is Old English in origin, and means 'Heoruwulf's meadow'. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was called Herulfmede. The village is very small with a population of around 100 people. The nearest pub is located one mile away in Astwood and the nearest shop is about four miles distant.

The former church of St Mary's Hardmead is Grade I listed and dates from the 13th century. It has been redundant since the 1980s and is now in the care of the charity Friends of Friendless Churches. There are monuments in the church to the Catesby family and to the explorer Robert Shedden.[3]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population estimates in England and Wales, mid-2010". Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 February 2013.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Parishes in Milton Keynes Archived 2009-06-08 at the Wayback Machine - Milton Keynes Council.
  3. ^ "St Mary's Hardmead". Friends of Friendless Churches. Archived from the original on 1 July 2011.

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