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Bletchley (Fenny Stratford), Buckinghamshire

Historical Description

Fenny Stratford, a parish and small market-town in Bucks, 6 miles S from Newport-Pagnell. The town has a station on the L. & N.W.R., and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Bletchley station. It has a market for cattle every alternate Thursday, and fairs on 19 April and 11 Oct. The Grand Junction Canal and river Ouzel pass-through it, and a fair trade in bricks and tiles is carried on. A large trade in timber is carried on, and the town has now an excellent supply of water. There is a weekly newspaper published here, and the town is the head of a petty sessional division. Acreage, 1040; population, 2614. Bletchley Park is a chief residence. The living is a vicarage in the-diocese of Oxford; net value, £97. The church is a building of brick and stone in a debased Gothic style, erected in 1724-30, and enlarged in 1823, and again in 1866. There are a church mission-room, a Baptist, two Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels, and a Salvation Army barracks.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyBuckinghamshire 
Ecclesiastical parishBletchley St. Mary 
HundredNewport 
Poor Law unionNewport-Pagnell 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.


Churches

Church of England

St. Martin (parish church)

The parish church of St. Martin, a structure of red brick with stone dressings, in a debased Gothic style, was erected in 1724-30, chiefly through the exertions of Dr. Browne Willis F.S.A. the antiquary, on the site of a chapel dedicated to St. Margaret, consisting of two or three aisles and an embattled tower, which had been destroyed, and its burial ground desecrated during the Civil War: the present church was consecrated by Dr. Richard Reynolds, Bishop of Lincoln, 27th May, 1730, and was originally 67 feet in length and 25 in width; in 1823 it was enlarged by the addition of a south aisle, and in 1866 by the erection of a new nave and large chancel, the former nave becoming a north aisle, separated from the later work by an arcade of three bays: a south aisle was added in 1903: in 1908 the nave was lengthened and a south chancel added at a cost of £1,800: the church, therefore, now consists of a chancel, nave with aisles, vestries, south porch and an embattled south-western tower containing a clock and 6 bells: the chancel is enriched with diaper work, and a stained east window: the ceiling of the north aisle is divided into forty compartments, ornamented with the arms of the various original contributors: in April, 1884, the west window was filled with stained glass as a memorial to the Rev. Francis de Lacy White B.A. vicar 1881-3, and in the same year the church was restored, an illuminated clock being at the same time placed in the tower: in 1898 the organ was renovated and two memorial windows inserted: a children's corner, with carved oak panels and curtains of local work, in memory of an old parishioner, was dedicated in 1931; on St. Martin's day, Nov. 11th, 1938, a new chapel was consecrated by Bishop Roscow Shedden for the Bishop of Buckingham, behind the Browne Willis chapel. This is in memory of the late Mr. Dan Quinby: there are 600 sittings: since the cemetery has been opened the churchyard has been very prettily laid out with flower-beds.


Civil Registration

Fenny Stratford was in Newport Pagnell Registration District from 1837 to 1934


Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Buckinghamshire is available to browse.


Maps

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Villages, Hamlets, &c

Water Eaton

Visitations Heraldic

A full transcript of the Visitation of Buckinghamshire, 1634 is online