Horton  Buckinghamshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Horton like this:

HORTON, a village and a chapelry in Eton district, Bucks. The village stands on the river Colne, at the boundary with Middlesex, 1 mile N of Wraysbury r. station, and 3 ½ ESE of Eton; is a rural place, embosomed in wood; and has fairs on Easter-Monday and WhitMonday.—The parish includes part of Colnbrook chapelry, which has a post office under Slough. ...

Acres, 1, 610. Real property, £4, 728. Pop., 81 0. Houses, 166. The property is divided among a few. The manor belongs to T. P. Williams, Esq. The poet Milton resided here from his 24th till 30th year, and wrote here his "Comus, " his "Lycidas, "his "Arcades, " his "Sonnet to the Nightingale, " and probably also his "Allegro" and "Penseroso." A portion of his house stood till about 1 770, and was known as the poet's house; and is said to have been on or near the site of a recently erected mansion, near the church. An outhouse of his residence stood till even about 1810; and the remnant of an appletree belonging to it stood till within the last few years. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £380.* Patron, T. P. Williams, Esq. The church has a Norman arch; is partly covered with ivy; and contains, under the chancel, the grave of Milton's mother. Charities, £420.

Horton through time

Horton is now part of Windsor and Maidenhead district. Click here for graphs and data of how Windsor and Maidenhead has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Horton itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Horton, in Windsor and Maidenhead and Buckinghamshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 07th December 2019

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