Stony Stratford  Buckinghamshire


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

STRATFORD (Stony), a small town and a parish in the district of Potterspury and county of Buckingham. The town stands on Watling-street and the river Onse, 2 miles WSW of Wolverton r. station, and 7½ NE by E of Buckingham; is supposed, by some antiquaries, to occupy the site of the Roman Lactodorum; was Edward IV.'s starting-place to Grafton, to marry Elizabeth Woodville; was also the place where Richard III. ...

seized Edward V.; had an Eleanor cross, put up by Edward I., and demolished in 1646; suffered much desolation by an accidental fire in 1742; lost then its later English church of St. Mary Magdalene, all except the tower, which still stands; is a seat of petty-sessions; publishes a weekly newspaper; communicates, by a three-arched bridge, with Old Stratford, on the Northampton side of the Ouse; consists chiefly of one long old street, a market place, and a new street; and has a head post-office,‡ three banking offices, a good hotel, a police station, reading rooms, a public hall, a church rebuilt in 1776, but retaining a tower of 1487, three dissenting chapels, a public cemetery of 1856 with two handsome chapels, an endowed grammar-school, national and British schools, charities £426, a weekly corn market on Friday, a monthly cattle market, and fairs on 2 Aug., the Friday after 10 Oct., and the first Friday of Nov.—The parish comprises two ancient parishes, St. Mary Magdalene and St. Giles; and is divided into East Side, which was St. Mary Magdalene, and West Side, which was St. Giles. Acres, 70. Real property of East Side, £2,148,-of which £120 are in gasworks; of West Side, £3,083. Pop. of the whole in 1851, 1,256; in 1861, 1,356. Houses, 263. The manor of East Side belongs to the Radcliffe trustees; and that of West Side, to W. S. Lowndes, Esq. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £185.* Patron, the Bishop of O.

Stony Stratford through time

Stony Stratford is now part of Milton Keynes district. Click here for graphs and data of how Milton Keynes has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Stony Stratford itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Stony Stratford, in Milton Keynes and Buckinghamshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 19th April 2024

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