Whaddon

This small village stands high on a ridge nearly 500 ft above sea level, overlooking Whaddon Chase with the new city of Milton Keynes in the distance.
The name Whaddon is an old English word for 'Wheat Hill' and the village is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

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Memories of Whaddon

I was born Maria Hopkins in 1889, the youngest of Whaddon twelve children. There were many Hopkins in the village where ancestors had lived for at least four
hundred years. My mother, aged eighteen in 1862, walked, in pattens, from Aylesbury carrying my brother, a babe in arms. We lived in a bungalow at
Snelshall, where there was once a priory, for my father worked on a farm. At the age of five I started school at Whaddon, walking across the fields, unless
the floods were out, when we had to go round by Tattenhoe. There were a hundred children in the school, built in 1841, a long building, divided into three. The infants' room had desks raised on a gallery where we sat all day. Mr Marshall, the headmaster, was strict but kind and my school days were happy. I left at fourteen. We were taught manners and the three R's. As my mother came from Stratton Audley she could not do Bucks lace so I went with other girls to Mrs Clark to learn, sitting round a stool with a candle and a bottle of water to reflect the light.

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Education Provision 1833

Whaddon Parish (Pop. 512)

One Daily School, endowed with £10 per annum, by the late Thomas Coare, Esq., and further supported by W. S. Lowndes, Esq. and the Vicar.   In this School 21 males are receiving gratuitous instruction.

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