DRAYTON BEAUCHAMP (pronounced 'Beecham') is a village and civil parish within Aylesbury Vale district in Buckinghamshire , England. It is in the east of the county bordering Hertfordshire , about six miles from Aylesbury and two miles from Tring .
* 1 History * 2 References * 3 Further reading * 4 External links
The village toponym is derived from the
Old English for "farm where
sledges are used". It is a common place name in England, and refers to
places that were perched on the hillside, thus requiring the use of a
sledge rather than a cart to pull heavy loads. The suffix 'Beauchamp'
refers to the ancient manorial family of the parish. The village is
intersected by the
Icknield Way a prehistoric, long-distance trackway
of significant importance in providing a trading route between East
Anglia and the
Thames Valley certainly during the
Iron Age and maybe
earlier. In more recent times it has been bisected by the
Following the Norman conquest of
During the period after 1066 in which the
Lord of the Manor of
Drayton was Magno le Breton the southern end of the manor would have
been valued for its summer pasture. This area which became known later
The parish church was extensively rebuilt in the 15th century from materials salvaged from an earlier church. Most notable is the Norman font which dates back to the 12th century. The first rector of the new Church was Richard Hooker who took up his incumbency in 1584. Richard is today remembered for his writings in particular a four volume work known as Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie .
The church was again restored in 1867 when the rector was the naturalist, Henry Harpur Crewe .
* ^ Neighbourhood Statistics 2011 Census, Accessed 3 February 2013 * ^ Ekwall, Eilert (1977). The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 150. ISBN 978-0198691037 . * ^ A B C D E 'Parishes: Drayton Beauchamp', A History of the County of Buckingham: Volume 3 (1925), pp. 341–345. URL: Date accessed: 2 December 2010 * ^ Hay, David and Joan (1971). Hilltop Villages of the Chilterns. England: Phillimore & Co Ltd. ISBN 0-85033-505-1 .
* Hay, David and Joan (1971). Hilltop Villages of the Chilterns. England: Phillimore & Co Ltd. ISBN 0-85033-505-1 .
• Ross, Margaret (2011) "Drayton Beauchamp: The Village That Time Passed By". England:Peebles Press. ISBN 978-0-9569846-0-9
* Hutton-North, Anna (2011). Shop Talk,