|Lavendon shown within Buckinghamshire|
|Population||1,303 (2011 Census including Warrington, Bucks)|
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Lavendon is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Milton Keynes and ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire, England. It is the northernmost village in the Borough, near Olney, eight miles WNW of Bedford, eight miles NNE of Newport Pagnell.
The village name is derived from a personal name and a place-name element from the Old English language (Lafan + denu), and means 'Lafa's valley'. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the village was recorded as Lavendene and Lawendene.
At Castle Farm are the earthworks of a motte-and-bailey castle created in the twelfth century by de Bidun family as the headquarters of their barony of Lavendon. The castle was last recorded in 1232.
The village was once the location of a Premonstratensian abbey, founded between 1155 and 1158 by John de Bidun. The abbey was suppressed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. It stood at what is now Grange Farm.
The village is on the route of the 1936 Jarrow March, there is a small plaque on the churchyard wall to commemorate this.
The village has a combined school for children from reception (4years) through to year 6 (11years). It also has a village store and Post Office, an independent garage, village hall and two public houses, the Green Man and The Horseshoe. There is also a pre-school and a nursery.
The company Tusting has a small factory on Olney Road producing a wide range of luxury leather goods which are exported worldwide.
- Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 4 February 2013
- Parishes in Milton Keynes - Milton Keynes Council.
- V. Watts, The Cambridge Dictionary of Place-Names (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2004), p. 363
- I. J. Sanders, English Baronies: A Study of Their Origin and Descent, 1086-1327 (Clarendon: Oxford, 1960), p. 128; F. Stenton, The First Century of English Feudalism, 1066-1166, 2nd edition (Clarendon Press: Oxford, 1961), p. 205n
- D. Knowles and R. N. Hadcock, Medieval Religious Houses of England and Wales, 2nd edition (Longmans: London, 1971), pp. 184, 190
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