Beachampton

Introduction

Beachampton Parish

Church: St Mary the Virgin

Hundred: Buckingham

Poor Law District: Buckingham

Size (acres): 1528

Easting & Northing: 477236

Grid Ref SP770360 Click to see map

Names

 Names & Places

 

NameTypeNote
Beachampton PARISH St Mary the Virgin
Becentone NAMES name for Beachampton in Domesday Book in 1086

 

Links

Links

 

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Photographs

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Population

Population

These population figures are based on the Census results. The boundaries are those used in the particular census which may vary over time..

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1801 187
1811 217
1821 251
1831 254
1841 248
1851 248
1861 272
1871 283
1881 217
1891 181
1901 180
1911 193
1921 130
1931 118
1941 N/A
1951 149
1961 117
1971 119
1981 128
1991 136

There was no census in 1941.

Records

Records

Parish  Church  Register  Start
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Beachampton   St Mary the Virgin   Baptisms   1575   1903   Yes,
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Beachampton   St Mary the Virgin   Marriages   1589   1911   Yes,
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Beachampton   St Mary the Virgin   Burials   1576   1902   Yes,
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Surnames

Surnames

These were extracted from our own records and presented as a guide.

PositionBefore 1700  18th Century  19th Century  Overall Surnames  
1 PRENTICE KING ALDERMAN ALDERMAN
2 GODFREY GODFREY BENNETT BENNETT
3 AWD GAYTON LOVELL KING
4 WALTER BACKHOUSE GODFREY GODFREY
5 HARRIS PRENTICE SAVAGE LOVELL
6 LAWRENCE ALDERMAN REYNOLDS SAVAGE
7 ELLIS HODGES BETTS BETTS
8 CURLE WARR FLOWERS REYNOLDS
9 FRANKLIN BETTS GIBBS GIBBS
10 SMITH HOW FRANKLIN SMITH

 

Description

Beachampton is in low-lying ground west of Milton Keynes in the north of Buckinghamshire. The name has changed little since Beachampton was mentioned in the Domesday Book. In 1086 there were 30 heads of households recorded making a population of 100-120. By 1871 there were 272 inhabitants and lace-making was mentioned as a chief occupation of the females. Today the population is about 150 persons. Most people are employed in Milton Keynes though there are some jobs on local farms.

After the Norman Conquest the Manor of Beachampton was given to Walter Giffard, Commander of the Norman Army at the Battle of Hastings. A Manor House was in existence by 1333 and at that time there were two water mills - a name recalled by the present Mill Farm on the Stony Stratford Road.
Subsequently the Manor passed to the Cecils, the Marquess of Salisbury selling the estate in 1807. Later it was inherited by the Walker family and remained in their ownership until it was broken up at an auction in 1922.
The best starting point for a tour of the village is the church. It is The Church of the Assumption of St Mary the Virgin and dates from the 14th century. The whole building was extensively restored by the Victorian architect G. E. Street.

On leaving the church by the main gate, look into the field opposite. The wall and gateway are those of Hall Farm, the former Manor House. In this field Queen Anne is said to have inspected some of her troops.
The present 17th century stone built farmhouse was an addition to the Tudor Manor House. That, according to tradition, was the home of Catherine Parr, sixth wife of King Henry VIII. The earlier building was largely dismantled in the 18th century and some material used for farm outbuildings.
On the opposite side of the road is Beachampton Place, formerly the Victorian Rectory. Now continue down the lane and, before turning right into Main Street for the village, look ahead to Manor Farm. The stone built farmhouse dates from the 17th century.

As you walk down Main Street, you will pass the one remaining thatched cottage in Beachampton, although old photographs show that other houses, including the inn, were originally thatched.

The Old School on the opposite side of the road was built in 1869. It closed in the 1920s and is now a private house and the Village Hall. On the right are four Victorian cottages, originally built for workers on Beachampton Estate. The one with a post box by its gate was the village post office and shop.


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

 

Memories

Before the First World War a number of men in Beachampton worked for the railway in Wolverton Works and as there was no transport four men acquired a horse and cart and gave a lift to the others. The fares helped to pay for the horse's keep and the four took turns to feed and care for the horse. At six o'clock in the morning the horse and cart went slowly through the village and passengers jumped on as it went along. Those who did not catch up by the top of the hill came out of the village had to walk the five miles to work.

Article written by members of the Buckinghamshire Federation of Women's Institutes for the publication "Buckinghamshire Within Living Memory" (1993) and reproduced here with their permission

Notes

Beachampton is a parish and a village on the borders of Northamptonshire - the river Ouse forms the boundary between the counties. Beachampton is 5 miles from Wolverton station on the London, Midland and Scottish railway. The parish covers 1,520 acres of land and 8 of water; the population in 1921 was 130.

Education

Beachampton Parish (Pop. 254.)

One Daily School, endowed with freehold lands, now producing 48/. per annum, in which 68 males are receiving instruction.

ABSTRACT OF EDUCATION RETURNS, 1833.