History Group

The Old Post Office with a view of St. James Church in the background c1900

In this section you will find information on the history of the following categories:
  • Akeley Village
  • Church
  • Maps
  • Miscellaneous
  • The War Years
  • War Memorial
  • Memories

Akeley Village

The village name is Anglo Saxon in origin and means ‘Oak Field’. In the Doomsday Book of 1086 it was called Achelei. The village became a parish in its own right in 1154 when a new church was constructed within the old village. This church was replaced by a newer version in 1854 dedicated to St James the Apostle, though this second church fell into such disrepair, that in 1979 it was demolished.

The village is one of 5 adjacent villages comprising the Parish of North Buckingham. Church services are held regularly twice a month in the Akeley C of E school hall or occasionally in the village hall. Alternatively regular services are held just one and a half miles distant in both Lillingstone Dayrell and Maids Moreton churches, both part of North Bucks Parish. Akeley was once home to a medieval deer park and a school where poor children were taught to make lace. Today Akeley is host to an annual horticultural show, which has been run since 1976.

The village of Akeley lies in north Buckinghamshire, England, situated about 3 miles north of Buckingham on the Towcester road (A413). Adjacent villages are Lillingstone Dayrell to the north and Maids Moreton to the south.

According to the 2001 census the parish had a population of 545 and is also a civil parish.


For other items relating to Akeley Village please click this link.


To view a pdf containing cuttings related to the church click here.

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St. James Church

The Chalice

New Church


Aerial view of Akeley.

Click this link for the Maps page of this website.


Click here for a link to a pdf of miscellaneous cuttings.

The War Years

10th November Meeting Agenda (Not Available)10th November Meeting Minutes
8th Spetember Meeting Agenda (Not Available)8th September Meeting Minutes
14th July Meeting Agenda (Not Available)14th July Meeting Minutes
20th May Annual Parish Council Meeting Agenda (Not Available)20th May Annual Parish Council Meeting Minutes
10th March Meeting Agenda (Not Available)10th March Meeting Minutes
13th January Meeting Agenda (Not Available)13th January Meeting Minutes

To read about the Fred Rush anecdotes including images of the Old Post Office – c1900 /c1930 and a 1939 schedule of the 20th Annual Flower Show, click on the following link:  fred rush-anecdotes

War Memorial

For information on the War Memorial Restoration on the ‘Akeley Conservation Area’ page click here.

Please click this link for details of the Akeley War Memorial finished.

For details of the Service of Rededication following the restoration click the following links (four parts).

War memorial service 1_Part1

War memorial service 1_Part2

War memorial service 1_Part3

War memorial service 1_Part4


Please click the following links:

Olive Bennet memories

Elsie Gasson memories


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