Stony Stratford Buckinghamshire Family History Guide

High Street, Stony Stratford
Photo of High Street, Stony Stratford Today, Stony Stratford is just one constituent part of Milton Keynes but it was once an important town in its own right, a coaching stop on Watling Street, later to become the A5. The legacy of this role is two coaching inns on the High Street, the Bull (seen here in the foreground), and a little further along the Cock. They were known for the tales that travellers would tell and, it is said, gave rise to the expression 'Cock and Bull story'. by Stephen McKay, some rights reserved.

Stony Stratford is an Ecclesiastical Parish and a market town in the county of Buckinghamshire, created in 1767 from St Giles chapelry in Calverton Parish and St Mary Magdalen chapelry in Wolverton Parish.

Other places in the parish include: Stony Stratford West and Stony Stratford East.

Parish church: St Mary & St Giles

Parish registers begin: 1653

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Stony Stratford

  • Cosgrove
  • Wolverton
  • Calverton
  • Passenham with Deanshanger

Historical Descriptions

Beeton's British Gazetteer 1870

Stratford, Stoney, a market and post town of England, in Buckinghamshire, situated on the Ouse, which is crossed here by a stone bridge, 7 miles N.E. from Buckingham. It contains two churches, several chapels for nonconformists, and a large middle-class school. Manf. Lace. Mar. D. Fri. Pop. 2005, chiefly engaged in agricultural pursuits. The nearest station is Wolverton, on the London and North-Western Railway, from which it is distant about 2 miles.

Source: Beeton's British Gazetteer 1870. Ward, Lock & Tyler, Paternoster Row, London.

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Stratford (Stony), a small town and a parish in the district of Potterspury and county of Buckingham. The town stands on Watling-street and the river Ouse, 2 miles WSW of Wolverton r. station, and 7½ NE by E of Buckingham; is supposed, by some antiquaries, to occupy the site of the Roman Lactodorum; was Edward IV.'s starting-place to Grafton, to marry Elizabeth Woodville; was also the place where Richard III. seized Edward V.; had an Eleanor cross, put up by Edward I., and demolished in 1646; suffered much desolation by an accidental fire in 1742; lost then its later English church of St. Mary Magdalene, all except the tower, which still stands; is a seat of petty-sessions; publishes a weekly newspaper; communicates, by a three-arched bridge, with Old Stratford, on the Northampton side of the Ouse; consists chiefly of one long old street, a market place, and a new street; and has a head post-office, three banking offices, a good hotel, a police station, reading rooms, a public hall, a church rebuilt in 1776, but retaining a tower of 1487, three dissenting chapels, a public cemetery of 1856 with two handsome chapels, an endowed grammar-school, national and British schools, charities £426, a weekly corn market on Friday, a monthly cattle market, and fairs on 2 Aug., the Friday after 10 Oct., and the first Friday of Nov.—The parish comprises two ancient parishes, St. Mary Magdalene and St. Giles; and is divided into East Side, which was St. Mary Magdalene, and West Side, which was St. Giles. Acres, 70. Real property of East Side, £2,148,-of which £120 are in gasworks; of West Side, £3,083. Pop. of the whole in 1851, 1,256; in 1861, 1,356. Houses, 263. The manor of East Side belongs to the Radcliffe trustees; and that of West Side, to W. S. Lowndes, Esq. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £185. Patron, the Bishop of O.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Stoney-Stratford, on the Ouse, 52 m. N.W. London, & 14 N. E. Aylesbury. Mrkt. Fri. P. 1757.

Source: Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850.

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  • County: Buckinghamshire
  • Civil Registration District: Potterspury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham
  • Diocese: Pre-1837 - Lincoln, Post-1836 - Oxford
  • Rural Deanery: Newport
  • Poor Law Union: Potterspury
  • Hundred: Newport
  • Province: Canterbury