Little Horwood

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Little Horwood
St. Nicholas' church, Little Horwood - - 791275.jpg
St Nicholas' parish church
Little Horwood is located in Buckinghamshire
Little Horwood
Little Horwood
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population434 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP7930
Civil parish
  • Little Horwood
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMilton Keynes
Postcode districtMK17
Dialling code01296
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°58′05″N 0°51′00″W / 51.968°N 0.850°W / 51.968; -0.850Coordinates: 51°58′05″N 0°51′00″W / 51.968°N 0.850°W / 51.968; -0.850

Little Horwood is a village and civil parish in the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, England. The village is about four miles east-south-east of Buckingham and two miles north-east of Winslow.


The village toponym 'Horwood' is derived from the Old English for "dirty or muddy wood". The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of 792 records the village as Horwudu.

The Church of England parish church of Saint Nicholas has a Perpendicular Gothic belltower built of large blocks of ashlar, the remainder of the church externally dates from the restoration of 1889 by the architect James Piers St Aubyn. This architect's work is not always viewed kindly today. His Victorian Gothicisation of many churches and houses has been described in terms ranging from vandalism to ruthless. Little Horwood church was lucky, as the interior survived relatively unscathed and the early 16th-century wall paintings depicting the seven deadly sins also survived, as did the Jacobean pulpit and the Decorated Gothic chancel arch. The Tower has a ring of five bells, with a tenor of 9cwt 2qtrs 22lbs, tuned to the note of G.

The manor of Little Horwood anciently belonged to the abbot and convent of St Albans, though it was seized by the Crown with the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the mid-16th century. It was later sold to George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham, who remodelled the manor house, which has since been demolished.

One mile south-east of the village is Horwood House. The Grade II listed Little Horwood Manor, is a comparatively modern house, designed by A. S. G. Butler in 1938 for the industrialist George Gee. [2]

Located between the village and nearby Great Horwood is RAF Little Horwood, a World War II airfield was constructed in 1940,[3] and was operational from 1942 to 1946.

Notable person[edit]


  1. ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 3 February 2013
  2. ^ "Stables at Little Horwood Manor A Grade II Listed Building in Little Horwood, Buckinghamshire". British Listed Buildings.
  3. ^ [1]

External links[edit]

Media related to Little Horwood at Wikimedia Commons