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St Michael & All Angels parish church
Stewkley shown within Buckinghamshire
|Population||1,840 (2011 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Leighton Buzzard|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Stewkley Parish Council|
Stewkley is a village and civil parish in the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, England. The village is about 5 miles (8 km) east of Winslow and about 4 miles (6 km) west of Leighton Buzzard. The civil parish includes the hamlets of North End and Stewkley Dean.
The principal manor in Stewkley was once held by the son of Geoffrey Chaucer, who was an occasional visitor to the village. The Church of England parish church of St Michael and All Angels is one of the least-altered of England's 6,000 Norman churches. There is a Methodist chapel in High Street South. St Michael's Church of England Combined School teaches children aged 4–11.
Stewkley has one of the longest village high streets in Britain, a title also claimed by Combe Martin in Devon, whose 2 miles (3 km) high street is not as continuously populated as Stewkley's 1.7 miles (2.7 km) high street. Southeast of the village is Aylesbury Vale Golf Club.
Campaign against London's third airport
In 1968 the Roskill Commission was charged with looking into finding a site for London's third airport. The report was published in 1970, with the proposal that Stewkley would be destroyed along with some other nearby villages. However two local residents, Desmond Fennell and Bill Manning, set up the Wing Airport Resistance Association (WARA), which successfully campaigned against the proposal.
- Alastair Cook, England cricket captain, was married at the Methodist Chapel in December 2011.
- The Earl and Countess of Orkney lived at Tythe House.
- Darren Gough, former England cricketer, previously lived in and played football for the village.
- Al Murray, stand-up comedian, best known for his persona "The Pub Landlord", was born in High Street South.
- "Area: Stewkley (Parish), Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
- "DVD Tells the Story of Campaign That Made National Headlines". The Stewkley Film Archive. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
- "Alastair Cook: Recipe For Success". Yahoo!. 31 December 2011.
- Page, W.H., ed. (1925). A History of the County of Buckingham, Volume 3. Victoria County History. pp. 420–426.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1960). Buckinghamshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 242–243. ISBN 0-14-071019-1.
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