Waddesdon

A complete guide to Waddesdon a village in Buckinghamshire.

Guide to Waddesdon Buckinghamshire

A village and parish located six miles to the west of Aylesbury, Waddesdon is an ancient agricultural community with a parish church dating from the 13th century.

Waddesdon Overview:

Famous as the location of the stunning Waddesdon Manor, built by the Rothschilds family in the Renaissance style of a 16th century French chateau (now administered by the National Trust), Waddesdon has been largely an estate village since the late 19th century.

The village today has a population of around 2,000 (2001 census) and is still dominated by buildings constructed by the Rothschild family (the Five Arrows Hotel, the Village Hall, and houses built for Manor employees. The parish (together with Westcott, Woodham, Eythrope and Wormstone) covers an area of 7,252 acres. At one time connected with nearby Aylesbury via train, Waddesdon railway station is now closed and the village can only be reached by road (A41).

Waddesdon History – A Brief History of Waddesdon:

Certainly a Saxon settlement before the Norman conquest, Waddesdon Manor was held by one of Queen Edith’s men – Brictric, in those early, mostly undocumented days. In the Domesday Book of 1086 the Manor was recorded as being held my Miles Crispin and valued at 27 hides.

Later Waddesdon Manor was granted to Henry of Oxford and later passed into the Courtenay family, one of whom became Earl of Devon (Hugh) in 1335. The Manor was forfeited to the Crown by the Courtenay family after Thomas Earl of Devon was beheaded as a Lancastrian (1461), and passed to the Bishop of Exeter in 1462, then Henry Earl of Essex (1474), Sir Hugh Conway (1490), Katherine Countess of Devon (1518), Henry Earl of Devon (1527), John Godwin (1540), and finally to John 7th Duke of Marlborough.


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In 1874 the Duke of Marlborough sold his entire Buckinghamshire estate, including Waddesdon, to Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, a politician (he was High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire and Liberal MP for Aylesbury), art collector and member of the wealthy Rothschild banking family of Austria. Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild proceeded to build the striking Waddesdon Manor House, on a design by Gabrielle-Hippolyte Destailleur, in the Renaissance style of a 16th century French chateau, wine cellars and all. Ferdinand died in 1898, his estate passing to his sister, Alice Charlotte de Rothschild.

The construction of Waddesdon’s parish church St Michael and All Angels was began in 1190, it was extended and embellished many times over the centuries, especially during the medieval and Victorian perods. The Font dates from about 1400, the church tower was rebuilt in 1892, replacing the one built during the 14th century.

Waddesdon over the ages has been a mostly agricultural village, it has has the names Votesdone (11th century) and Woddesdon (14th century), as well as the current spelling of the name. During the 18th century it briefly delved into silk making, with a small factory being established in 1843 as an offshoot of a larger factory in nearby Aylesbury. Pillow lace making was also carried out by many of the women of the parish during the mid to late 19th century.

The railway (Metropolitan and Great Central) arrived in the village in the late 19th century with its railway station opening on 1st January 1897 (as Waddesdon Manor Station), connecting it with Aylesbury and Verney Junction. A further station called Waddesdon Road was on a different line called the Brill Tramway. Waddesdon (it later dropped the Manor) station closed on 5th July 1936, after the Metropolitan Railway was absorbed into the London Passenger Transport Board.

Waddesdon Village Hall (Waddesdon Hall):

A 19th century building with a large dance floor, stage and kitchen, Waddesdon Village Hall is used for a number of functions and activities and is offered for hire for weddings, parties, classes and events.

History: Built for the use of the village’s residents, in 1897 by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild, Waddesdon Village Hall was maintained by the Waddesdon Manor Estate until 1968, after which control was passed to a Charitable Trust, the hall is now self-financing, with it’s income coming from hire fees. Since it’s construction the hall has provided local residents with a venue for a wide range of activities.

Address: High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JE. Telephone Number: 01296 651 841.

Waddesdon ManorWaddesdon Manor:

The present Waddesdon Manor House was built for Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild between 1874 and 1889, it was designed by architect Gabrielle-Hippolyte Destailleur, in the Renaissance style of a 16th century French chateau, based on those seen and admired by the Baron in the Loire Valley. The Manor was built both as a family home and to house the Baron’s extensive collection of art, tapestries and furniture.

Waddesdon Manor was bequeathed to the National Trust upon the death of James de Rothschild in 1957. Now a popular tourist attraction, Waddesdon Manor boasts a world-renowned collection of French furniture, paintings and decorative arts, extensive gardens, a superb wine cellar, a Rococo style aviary, online shop, plant centre, meeting rooms, children’s corner, high class restaurants, gift shops and even offers wedding facilities (The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor).

The Manor also organizes numerous events throughout the year such as art exhibitions, food markets, carol singing, wine tastings, and horticultural shows.

Waddesdon Population:

1642 - 102 people listed in the tax returns for Waddesdon.

1798 - 217 men recorded in Waddesdon (Posse Comitatus).

The 1st official government census of 1801 recorded 205 families and 132 houses in Waddesdon.

Census figures for Waddesdon from the 19th century:

Useful Waddesdon Telephone Numbers and Addresses:

Waddesdon dialling code: 01296

Waddesdon postcode: HP18

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Waddesdon Surgery:

Waddesdon Surgery – Address: Goss Avenue, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0LY. Telephone Number: 01296 658 585.

Waddesdon Dentists:

Waddesdon Dental – Address: 5 High Street, Waddesdon, Bucks, HP18 0JB. Telephone Number: 01296 655 577.

Waddesdon Churches:

Waddesdon Church - St Michael and All Angels – Address: High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JQ. Tel: 01296 655 069.

Waddesdon Methodist Church – Address: 78-80 High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JD. Telephone Number: 01296 423 363.

Waddesdon Pubs:

The Lion – Address: 70a High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JD. Telephone Number: 01296 651 227.

The Bell – Address: 116 High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JE. Telephone Number: 01296 651 320.

The Five Arrows – Address: High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JE. Telephone Number: 01296 651 727.

Bakers Arms – Address: Baker Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0LG. Telephone Number: 01296 651 395.

Waddesdon Restaurants:

Chadnis (Italian) – Address: 43-45 High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JB. Telephone Number: 01296 651 255.

Manor Restaurant Waddesdon Manor – Address: Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH. Telephone Number: 01296 653 242.

Waddesdon Schools:

Waddesdon School - Waddesdon Church of England School – Address: School Lane, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0LQ. Telephone Number: 01296 651 382.

Waddesdon School - Waddesdon Village Primary School – Address: Baker Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0LQ. Telephone Number: 01296 651 237.

Waddesdon Nursery:

Little Oaks (Pre-School, Waddesdon Wailers and Waddlers) – Address: Waddesdon Village Hall, High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JE. Telephone Number: 07845 714 224 (Debbie Albrighton).

Waddesdon Transport:

Trains:

Waddesdon Railway Station (Opened 1st January 1897) – Now closed. There is no longer a train service for Waddesdon.

Buses:

Arriva 16/17 – Bicester – Charndon – Waddesdon – Aylesbury.

Waddesdon Halls:

Waddesdon Village Hall - Address: High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JE. Telephone Number: 01296 651 841 (Amanda Hadgkiss).

Methodist Hall - High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JD. Telephone Number: 01296 651 417 (Gerry Warne).

Waddesdon Attractions:

Waddesdon Manor – Located on the western edge of the village. Historic Renaissance style house and gardens built for the Rothschild family. Address: Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Bucks, HP18 0JH. Tel: 01296 653 226.

Waddesdon Accommodation:

Waddesdon Hotels:

The Five Arrows Hotel – Address: High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JE. Telephone Number: 01296 651 727.

Waddesdon B&B / Bed and Breakfast:

The Georgian Dolls Cottage – Address: High Street, Waddesdon, Nr Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JB. Telephone Number: 01296 655 553.

Waddesdon Police:

Waddesdon Police Station – High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JB. Telephone Number: 0845 850 5505. Emergencies 999.

Waddesdon Fire Station:

Waddesdon Fire Station – Address: 65 High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JB.

Waddesdon Property:

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Waddesdon Rentals:

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Waddesdon Sports and Activities

Waddesdon Football:

Waddesdon FC – For information contact Simon Blore. Telephone Number: 01296 658 802.

Waddesdon Cricket:

Waddesdon Cricket Club – Address: Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH. Telephone Number: Not Known. E-mail: shaun.ob1@btinternet.com

Waddesdon Golf:

Nearest golf courses for the Waddesdon area are:

Aylesbury Park Golf Course – Andrews Way, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP17 8QQ. Telephone: 01296 399 196.

Bicester Golf Club – Address: Bicester Country Club, Chesterton, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 1TE. Telephone Number: 01869 241 204.

Waddesdon Swimming:

The nearest public swimming baths are in Aylesbury:

Aqua Vale – Park Street, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 1DX. Tel: 01296 488 555.

Waddesdon Bowls:

Waddesdon Bowls Club – For information contact David Lindsey 01844 292 633.

Waddesdon Karate:

Karate Club - Tuesdays at Waddesdon Village Hall, High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JE. Telephone Number: 01296 651 841.

Waddesdon Dance / Dancing / Modern Jive

Learn to Dance Modern Jive - Thursdays at Waddesdon Village Hall, High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JE. Telephone Number: 01296 658 891 (Patrina Law).

Musical Entertainment Show:

Cha Char Chimps - Musical Entertainment Show for accompanied pre-school children - Thursdays at Waddesdon Village Hall - 10.30 to 11.30am.

Details: Telephone Sue Lake on 07876701084

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Waddesdon Jobs:

No jobs currently listed in Waddesdon.

Waddesdon Business Listings:

Waddesdon Hairdressers:

Anne’s Hairdresser – Address: 62 High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JD. Telephone Number: 01296 651 375.

Waddesdon Plumbers:

R E Radwell (Plumber) – Address: 2 Frederick Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0LU. Telephone Number: 01296 651 335.

Waddesdon Driving Instructors:

None listed at this moment. See here: Driving Lessons

Waddesdon Computer Services / Repairs:

Computers Plus – Address: Century House, Westcott Venture Park, Westcott, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0XB. Telephone Number: 08707 426 062.

Waddesdon Weddings / Wedding Services/Venues:

The Waddesdon Dairy Weddings – The Dairy at Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH. Telephone Number: 01296 653 216. E-mail: weddings.waddesdon@nationaltrust.org.uk 

Waddesdon Garages:

E Johnson – Address: 106 Frederick Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0LX. Telephone Number: 01296 651 603.

Waddesdon Estate Agents:

W Humphries Ltd – Address: 74 High Street, Waddesdon, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JD. Telephone Number: 07814 000 186.

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