Ravenstone, Buckinghamshire

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All Saints Church, Ravenstone - geograph.org.uk - 204392.jpg
All Saints' parish church
Ravenstone is located in Buckinghamshire
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population209 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP850508
• London60 miles (97 km)
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townOlney
Postcode districtMK46
Dialling code01908
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
WebsiteRavenstone Home Page
List of places
52°08′57″N 0°45′51″W / 52.1492°N 0.7642°W / 52.1492; -0.7642Coordinates: 52°08′57″N 0°45′51″W / 52.1492°N 0.7642°W / 52.1492; -0.7642

Ravenstone is a village and civil parish in the Borough of Milton Keynes and ceremonial county of Buckinghamshire, England.[2] The village is about 2.5 miles (4 km) west of Olney, and 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Newport Pagnell and the northern boundary of the Milton Keynes urban area. The 2011 Census recorded the parish population as 209.[1]


The toponym is derived from the Old English for "Hrafn's farm".

In 1255 a priory of Augustinian canons was founded in Ravenstone by King Henry III. Cardinal Wolsey took it over in 1525, and then in 1544 the Crown seized all of Wolsey's estates including Ravenstone Priory. After changing hands privately a number of occasions the building was eventually demolished, and today nothing remains.

The oldest parts of the Church of England parish church of All Saints are 11th-century. The church includes the tomb of Heneage Finch, 1st Earl of Nottingham. He had the neighbouring almshouses built, originally six for men and six for women, now combined into six cottages. The original inhabitants had to be single and members of the Church of England, and received a small pension, firewood, and a new cloak every Christmas.[3]

For a brief period the incumbent Thomas Scott, author of popular theological works and one of the founders of the Church Missionary Society.

A post office and The Wheatsheaf pub closed in the early 1990s.


The only communal facility in Ravenstone is the village hall.


  1. ^ a b "Area: Ravenstone (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Parishes in Milton Keynes". Milton Keynes Council. Archived from the original on 2009-06-08.
  3. ^ Knight & Osborn 1992, p. 72.

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