Drayton Parslow

Before the Second World War, Drayton Parslow had a population of about 300, electricity but no mains water, no main sewer, or street lighting. There was a small shop, a post office and two pubs.
Apart from the half-dozen farms in the parish there were a number of smallholdings and most families had one or more allotments on which they not only grew vegetables but also kept hens. The main sources of employment were agriculture, the brick-works at Newton Longville and the railway at Bletchley.
The biggest landowner was Lord Carrington who allowed a piece of land to be used as a recreation ground which in the summer was home to a thriving and successful cricket team.

Today the population of Drayton Parslow has risen to about 400 and it is still growing. Because of its proximity to Milton Keynes many of the residents work there and some commute to London daily.

On the outskirts of the village is an assortment of buildings which are rapidly becoming derelict. It was known for many years as 'The Camp' and was erected during the Second World War as an extension of the now famous Bletchley Park. It has been altered and extended over the years and used as a prisoner-of-war camp, a hostel for displaced persons working at the brickyard, and Admiralty medical records office and finally a residential training college for Post Office and British Telecom engineers. Drayton Parslow has never had a resident squire and a former villager once remarked that 'every man was his own gaffer' and this is as true today as it was then!

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