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Slapton, Buckinghamshire

Historical Description

Slapton, a parish, with a village, in Bucks, on the river Ouse and the borders of Bedfordshire, near the Grand Junction Canal, 1½ mile SW of Cheddington Junction station on the L. & N.W.R. main line, and 3 miles S by E of Leighton Buzzard. It has a post office under Leighton Buzzard, money order and telegraph office, Cheddington. Acreage, 1413; population, 223. The manor belongs to Earl Brownlow. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford; net value, £150 with residence. Patron, Christchurch, Oxford. The church is a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, N porch, and an embattled western tower. It has brasses of 1462,1519, and 1522, and a very ancient font. John Kempe, a former rector, became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1407. There is a Wesleyan chapel.

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


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

Ancient CountyBuckinghamshire 
Ecclesiastical parishSlapton Holy Cross 
Poor Law unionLeighton-Buzzard 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Slapton 1653-1812, Buckinghamshire is available to browse online.

The parish register dates from the year 1653.


Church of England

The Holy Cross (parish church)

The church of the Holy Cross is a building of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, north porch and an embattled western tower containing 5 bells, 2 of which were re-cast, the whole re-hung and the tower restored in 1889; the font dates from the 13th century, and there are brasses to Reginald Manser, dated 1462; James Tornay, yeoman-at-arms to King Henry VIII. 1519, and his two wives; and to Sir Thomas Knyghton, 1529: the church was restored in 1878 and 1889 at a total cost of £1,800, and affords 100 sittings.

Civil Registration

Slapton was in Leighton Buzzard Registration District from 1837 to 1935 and Aylesbury Registration District from 1935 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Slapton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Slapton are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Buckinghamshire papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictAylesbury Vale
RegionSouth East
Postal districtLU7
Post TownLeighton Buzzard