Lillingstone Dayrell

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Lillingstone Dayrell
Lillingstone Dayrell is located in Buckinghamshire
Lillingstone Dayrell
Lillingstone Dayrell
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population103 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP705395
Civil parish
  • Lillingstone Dayrell with Luffield Abbey
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtMK18
Dialling code01280
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
52°02′58″N 0°58′43″W / 52.0494°N 0.9787°W / 52.0494; -0.9787Coordinates: 52°02′58″N 0°58′43″W / 52.0494°N 0.9787°W / 52.0494; -0.9787

Lillingstone Dayrell is a village in Buckinghamshire, England. It is in Aylesbury Vale, about three and a half miles north of Buckingham, eight miles west of Milton Keynes and five miles south of Towcester. Lillingstone Dayrell with Luffield Abbey and the neighbouring hamlet of Lillingstone Lovell are separate civil parishes within Aylesbury Vale district.

The village name 'Lillingstone' is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'Lytel's boundary stone', referring to the proximity of both places to the border with Northamptonshire. In the Domesday Book of 1086 both settlements were recorded jointly as Lillingestan though already at that time there were two manors owned respectively by the Dayrell and Lovell families. The suffix 'Dayrell' (as 'Dayerell') was first recorded in the fourteenth century. The Dayrell family were Lords of the Manor from the fourteenth century until the 1880s.[2]

Notable buildings[edit]

The parish church of Lillingstone Dayrell is dedicated to St Nicholas of Myra.

Lillingstone House is the ancient seat of the Dayrell family.

In 1882, the banker Abraham John Robarts, of Robarts, Lubbock & Co., then the tenant of Lillingstone House, built Tile House in the village for himself, designed by Ewan Christian. This is described by Nikolaus Pevsner as “Neo-Elizabethan, big and forbidding with groups of huge chimneys.”[3]

Notable people[edit]

  • Gerald Robarts (1878–1961), banker, soldier, and notable squash player, lived at Lillingstone Dayrell House.[4]


  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census Accessed 3 February 2013
  2. ^ 'Parishes : Lillingstone Dayrell' – Victoria History of the Counties of England, A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 4 (1927), pp. 187-191. Date accessed: 14 January 2012
  3. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner, Elizabeth Williamson, Geoffrey K. Brandwood, Buckinghamshire (1994), p. 432
  4. ^ The London Gazette, issue 33299 dated 2 August 1927, p. 5002

Further reading[edit]

  • Eleonora Dayrell, The History of the Dayrells of Lillingstone Dayrell (1885)

External links[edit]