Stone Age and Bronze Age tools discovered on or near Lodge Hill, are an indication that people in ancient times occupied the land now known as Waddesdon. Later when the countryside was divided into 'Hundreds' by the Anglo-Saxons, the Hundred of Waddesdon was one of the original portions of Buckinghamshire. The name itself is thought to be derived from the Saxon words Wode (wood) and Don (hill).

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Notes on Waddesdon

Description of Waddesdon Parish, J. J. Sheahan, 1861

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Memories of Waddesdon

I was born in 1892 a few years after the completion Waddesdon of Waddesdon Manor by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild. Many houses were built in Waddesdon village to house the estate workers. Some of the older villagers can still remember the special railway built to transport the stone up the hill for the building of the Manor, and the teams of imported French Percheron horses which pulled the trailers loaded with fully grown trees selected from mature estates elsewhere, to be replanted in Waddesdon grounds. Waddesdon Manor has always been referred to by local people as "The Mansion.'

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Education Provision 1833

Waddesdon Parish (Pop. 1,454)

One Daily School, containing 18 males, supported by a small endowment and an annual allowance of £3 by the Rector.

Three Sunday Schools, one (commenced 1822), of 27 males and 23 females, who attend the Established Church; another consists of 72 males and 48 females, attached to Wesleyan Methodists; die other, of 42 males and 60 females, of the Baptist denomination (commenced 1829); all supported by voluntary contributions.


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