Cuddington

Cuddington, a small village of approximately 600 inhabitants, is situated six miles from the County town of Aylesbury.
Cuddington's parish church with its Norman pillars has a list of vicars dating back to the 12th century, and the village also has a Methodist and a Baptist church.

Cuddington, however, is by no means without its own amenities; it has a village store with post office, a hairdresser's, two picturesque pubs and a playing field with club. A well-run village hall is the venue for many weekly activities. All groups in the village combine to organise an annual fete — always a very happy and successful occasion.
There are still a few farms in the parish, but most people work in the surrounding towns, with a few commuting to London. The village also has an increasing number of retired people.
In 1985 Cuddington won the Wilkinson Sword for the Best Kept of all Buckinghamshire Villages. The well looked after churchyard with War Memorial and the two village greens were particularly praised. The Parish Council has an extensive tree planting scheme in hand to compensate for lost elm trees.
One side of the village has a view of the distant Chilterns, whereas a drive way in the centre of the village leads down in the opposite direction to the neighbouring village of Nether Winchendon, whose Manor House estate used to own many of the houses in Cuddington. A narrow stretch of the river Thame runs through the meadows between these two villages, and beyond, the land rises to the ridge of Upper Winchendon.


Article written by members of the Buckinghamshire Federation of Women's Institutes for the publication "The Buckinghamshire Village Book" (1987) and reproduced here with their permission

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