Shabbington, a parish, with a village, in Buckinghamshire, on the borders of Oxfordshire, and on the river Thame, 2½ miles W by N of Thame station on the G.W.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Thame. Acreage, 1630; population of the civil parish, 298; of the ecclesiastical, 302. The manor belongs to the Blunt family. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; gross value, £470 with residence. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Decorated style, and there is a Wesleyan chapel.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Shabbington St. Mary Magdalene|
|Poor Law union||Thame|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The parish register dates from the year 1715.
Church of England
St. Mary Magdalene (parish church)
The church of St. Mary Magdalene, built in 1100, is a small building of stone with Decorated windows and arches, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch and a low embattled western tower containing a clock and 6 bells, and a small sanctus bell: in the south wall is a cinquefoil-headed piscina in good preservation: the east window is stained, and the chancel retains a piscina and a niche: there is a low side window in the north wall: the font has an octagonal basin and is ancient: the church was restored in 1882, 1924, 1928 and 1934: during the alterations of 1934 a part of the rood loft staircase was discovered in the east end of the north wall, but this unfortunately had to be filled in to add stability to the wall: there are 120 sittings. In the churchyard is a stone cross erected in memory of the men of the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18.
Shabbington was in Thame Registration District from 1837 to 1932 and Aylesbury Registration District from 1932 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Shabbington from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Shabbington (St. Mary Magdalene))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Buckinghamshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Shabbington are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Buckinghamshire papers online:
A full transcript of the Visitation of Buckinghamshire, 1634 is online