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Coordinates: 51°55′34″N 0°45′40″W / 51.9262, -0.7610
Stewkley
St Michael & All Angels Church, Stewkley - geograph.org.uk - 938767
St Michael & All Angels Church



Buckinghamshire UK location map
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Stewkley

Red pog.svg Stewkley shown within Buckinghamshire
Population 1,731 [1]
OS grid reference SP853261
Parish Stewkley
District Aylesbury Vale
Shire county Buckinghamshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LEIGHTON BUZZARD
Postcode district LU7
Dialling code 01525
Police Thames Valley
Fire Buckinghamshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Buckingham
List of places: UK • England • Buckinghamshire

Stewkley is a village and a civil parish within the Aylesbury Vale district of Buckinghamshire, England. It is located 5 miles (8 km) East of Winslow and 4 miles (6 km) West of Leighton Buzzard.

The village name Stewkley is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means woodland clearing with tree stumps. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was recorded as Stiuclai.

The principal manor in Stewkley once belonged to the son of Geoffrey Chaucer, who was an occasional visitor to the village.

The parish church, dedicated to St Michael and All Angels, is one of the least-altered of England's 6000 Norman churches. There is also a Methodist Chapel in High Street South, and St Michael's Church of England Combined School, for children aged 4–11.

In 1969/70 Stewkley was scheduled to be destroyed to make way for the building of London's Third Airport, but was saved after villagers fought an environmental and political campaign; the Wing Airport Resistance Association (WARA).

Stewkley has one of the longest village High Streets in Britain, a title also claimed by Combe Martin in Devon, whose two mile (3 km) high street is not as continuously populated as Stewkley's 1.7 miles (2.7 km) of High street.

Comedian Al Murray, best known for his stand-up persona "The Pub Landlord", was born in Stewkley.

Former England cricket player Darren Gough has also previously lived in the village.

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