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St Nicholas, Kingsey
Kingsey is located in Buckinghamshire
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population207 (2011 Census including Aston Sandford)[1]
OS grid referenceSP7406
Civil parish
  • Kingsey
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townAylesbury
Postcode districtHP17
Dialling code01844
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°45′14″N 0°55′34″W / 51.754°N 0.926°W / 51.754; -0.926Coordinates: 51°45′14″N 0°55′34″W / 51.754°N 0.926°W / 51.754; -0.926

Kingsey is a small village and civil parish in Aylesbury Vale district in Buckinghamshire, England. It is near the boundary with Oxfordshire, about two miles east of Thame and a mile south of Haddenham.

The village toponym is of 12th-century origin and means 'king's island', referring to a piece of dry land that belonged to the king in the marshes that were once common in this part of the country. In 1174 the village was called Eya, meaning 'island', though by 1192 it had gained its more modern name of Kingesie. This leads historians to believe that the village is named after King Richard I of England.

Kingsey was transferred to Buckinghamshire from Oxfordshire in 1933, effectively being swapped for Towersey.[2]

Historically people from this village and those surrounding it were known by the derogatory term 'wetfeet', because of the high water table of the area leading to the ground being so waterlogged.

Grade 1 listed Tythrop Park in Kingsey is listed as having an early duck decoy similar to that in Boarstall Duck Decoy in Buckinghamshire. (Location map)


  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 3 February 2013
  2. ^ Great Britain Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, Bullington RD. Retrieved 2009-09-09.

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