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St Peter, Tyringham, Buckinghamshire

(52°6′43″N, 0°44′44″W)
SP 860 467
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Buckinghamshire
now Buckinghamshire
  • Ron Baxter
07 September 2006

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Feature Sets

Tyringham is in the NE of the county, in the ancient hundred of Bunsty, 2 miles N of Newport Pagnell. It is numbered among the so-called villages ofMilton Keynes. The church is in the extensive landscaped parkland surrounding Tyringham Hall, in the floodplain of the Great Ouse. The present hall, designed for William Praed by Soane and built in 1792-97, stands 0.3 mile W of the church, but it replaced an Elizabethan manor demolished in 1792 that was immediately W of the church. Nothing remains of the village. The church itself was rebuilt in 1871 by E. J. Tarver, all except the medieval W tower which remains. The tower is 12thc in its lower part with a plain tower arch and one plain S lancet surviving. Diagonal W buttresses and a new bell-storey with a battlemented parapet were added c.1500. To the W, the body of the church is typical of its date. It is executed in rock-faced ashlar and consists of a nave with a N porch and an elevated apsidal chancel (although there is no crypt) with a S pew and vestry and a N organ room, all constructed to give the impression of progressive accretion. Only the tower arch is described here.


In 1086 a large manor of 7 hides and 1¼ virgates was held by Acard from William fitzAnsculf. In addition to the ploughland there was meadow for 8 ploughs and woodland for 200 pigs. Before the Conquest this holding was shared between five people. Harold held 3 hides as a manor, Godwine the priest held half a hide (suggesting the presence of a church), Aestan held 2 hides as a manor, Aelfgifu, Harold’s wife, held 1½ hides as a third manor, and Harold’s man Godric held one virgate. A second 1086 manor of 2½ hides and ¾ of a virgate was held by Ansketil from the bishop of Coutances. Before the Conquest this land was held by 2 thegns; a man of Earl Waltheof had 2 hides and half a virgate as a manor, and another held ¾of a virgate.

Between 1187 and 1685 the manor belonged to a family who took the name of Tyringham. Thence it passed to John Blackwell and subsequently to William Praed.

The parish now belongs to the LAMP group of churches, i.e. Haversham, Little Linford, Tyringham with Filgrave and Emberton.


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches

RCHME dates the tower arch c1200.


N. Pevsner and E. Williamson, Buildings of England: Buckinghamshire. London 1960, 2nd ed. 1994, 703.

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in the County of Buckingham. Volume 2 (north). London 1913, 307.

Victoria County History: Buckinghamshire. IV (1927), 482-85.