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Stoke Hammond, Buckinghamshire

Historical Description

Stoke Hamond, a parish, with a village, in Buckinghamshire, on the Grand Junction Canal, 2¾ miles S by E of Bletchley Junction station on the main line of the L. & N.W.R. It has a post office under Bletchley station; money order office, Great Brickhill; telegraph office, Bletchley station. Acreage, 1566; population, 312. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The manor belongs to the Fountaine family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford; gross value, £300 with residence. The church, dedicated to St Luke, is cruciform and Perpendicular in style, with central tower containing three bells of about 1537 date, with sanctus bell, which is older. It is built of sandstone, and dates from the early part of the 13th century. There is a curious poor-box and an altar, both dated 1619. It has some very old stained glass and a Norman font.

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 parishStoke-Hammond St. Mary 
HundredNewport 
Poor Law unionLeighton-Buzzard 

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


Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1534.


Churches

Church of England

St. Luke (parish church)

The church of St. Luke, which dates from the early part of the 13th century, is a small cruciform building of sandstone, approached through an avenue of lime trees, and consists of chancel, nave, transepts, south porch and a central tower containing 3 bells: the windows are mostly Perpendicular: the roof is panelled in oak, and the fittings and furniture of the same material: the font s Early English and has a circular basin on four small shafts: in the course of the restoration in 1852, finely decorated sedilia and a piscina were discovered in the south wall of the chancel: the east window, which is stained, was the gift of the Rev. T. Bouwens (d. 1869): on the west wall of the north transept is a stone tablet with inscriptions to members of the Fountaine family from 1636 to 1709: there are also tablets to the Disney family 1658-1686, to the family of the Rev. Charles Gardner, rector, 1794-1823 and the Frank family, of Bury St, Edmunds, 1743-1766: there is a brass to the memory of the Rev. Edward Pain B.A. d. 1902, 33 years rector of this parish: there is a curious poor-box dated 1618 and some ancient stained glass: the church affords 150 sittings. In the churchyard is a tomb erected to the Fountaine family, 1802-1908, and two yew trees planted in 1687.


Civil Registration

Stoke Hammond 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 Stoke Hammond from the following:


Land and Property

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


Maps

Online maps of Stoke Hammond 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
CountyBuckinghamshire
RegionSouth East
CountryEngland
Postal districtMK17
Post TownMilton Keynes