A Short History of Steeple Claydon

A collection of archived newspaper articles from the Buckingham Express and other newspapers1895-1955 are used to tell the events of the amazing history of Steeple Claydon Library and how the Parish Council came in to being.

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    The Beginnings

    Claydon is really claegiga11 dune, which is Anglo-Saxon for the village the clayey hill. A better name could not have been found.

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    The Middle Ages

    The earliest surviving document to mention Claydon by name is Domesday Book (1086).

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    The Chaloners

    On the death of Katherine of Arragon the principal manor reverted to the Crown, and in August 1557 it was granted by Katherine's daughter, Queen Mary, to Sir Thomas Chaloner.

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    The Library Steeple Claydon Parish Council

    Civil Parish Councils were formed in England under the reforming Local Government Act 1894 to take over local oversight of civic duties in rural towns and villages.

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