Dinton (St. Peter and St. Paul)
DINTON (St. Peter and St. Paul), a parish, in the union, and chiefly in the hundred, of Aylesbury, and partly in the hundred of Desborough, county of Buckingham, 4½ miles (W. S. W.) from Aylesbury; comprising the hamlets of Aston-Mollins, Ford, Upton, and Waldridge, and the liberty of Moreton; and containing 818 inhabitants. The ancient mansion of Dinton Hall was probably erected by William de Wareham, Archbishop of Canterbury, his name, and his arms quartered with those of the see of Canterbury, frequently occurring in the old painted-glass windows. It was afterwards the seat of Sir Simon Mayne, one of the regicides of Charles I., from whose family it passed in 1727 to the Vanhattems, who came to England with William, at the Revolution; from these latter the estate was conveyed, by marriage with their heiress, to the family of Goodall. The Vanhattems brought over with them from Holland to this country a small but valuable collection of pictures, chiefly by the first masters of the Dutch school; now in the possession of the Goodalls. The parish comprises 4000 acres, about three-fifths of which are arable, and the rest pasture: the soil is in some parts a deep rich loam, and in others gravel alternated with clay; the substrata are principally limestone and ironstone, and various fossils are found, chiefly of the Cardium and Buccinum genera. The surface is pleasingly undulated, and the lower grounds are watered by the river Tame. The living is a vicarage, endowed with a considerable portion of the great tithes, valued in the king's books at £17. 9. 7., and in the patronage of the Crown, with a net income of £529: the great tithes of the hamlet of Upton belong to G. S. Harcourt, Esq. The tithes were commuted for land and corn-rents, under an inclosure act, in 1802. The church, which has a small part in the Norman style of architecture, has been enlarged.