Aston Clinton
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Aston Clinton from the church tower
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The Old School
Aston Clinton is located in Buckinghamshire
Aston Clinton
Aston Clinton
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population3,682 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP8012
Civil parish
  • Aston Clinton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtHP22
Dialling code01296
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteAston Clinton Parish Council
List of places
51°47′56″N 0°43′16″W / 51.799°N 0.721°W / 51.799; -0.721Coordinates: 51°47′56″N 0°43′16″W / 51.799°N 0.721°W / 51.799; -0.721

Aston Clinton is a historic village and civil parish in the Vale of Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire, England. The village lies at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, between the Wendover and Aylesbury arms of the Grand Union Canal. Surrounding towns include Wendover to the south, Aylesbury to the west, and Tring to the east - across the nearby county border with Hertfordshire.


It is believed that the village started at the crossing of two Roman roads, Akeman Street and Icknield Way,[2] both of which are still main roads in the village. After the fall of the Roman Empire, it became a Saxon settlement and remains of a Saxon cemetery were found during the construction of the Aston Clinton Bypass.

Before the Norman conquest of England in 1066 the settlement was probably held under patronage of King Edward the Confessor. The village is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 where in Old English it was called Estone, which means "eastern estate".

The manor, later to be known as Aston Clinton, was for a short period after 1100 under the control of Edward de Salisbury, who was King Henry I's standard-bearer. In 1217 King Henry III gave it to Sir William de Farendon. However, by 1237 the manor was owned by the de Clinton family, hence the name at that time of Aston de Clinton. William de Clinton separated out from Aston Clinton to a new manor called Chivery as a dowry for his daughter Alice. Sometime after 1239, King Edward I granted the estates to the Montacutes, who were the ancestors of the Earls of Salisbury. Their descendant the Countess of Salisbury was beheaded by King Henry VIII in 1541. Successive families have owned the manor, passing by marriage from the Hastings to the Barringtons, Gerards, and then to Lord Lake of Aston Clinton later to become Gerard Lake, 1st Viscount Lake.

On 22 September 1934, a twin-engined biplane named Youth of New Zealand of Sir Alan Cobham's National Aviation Displays, crashed into a field near the canal at Aston Clinton.[3] The Youth of New Zealand had just departed from Heston Aerodrome after being refuelled when it crashed, killing all four crew. The probable cause was the failure of a bolt through metal fatigue.[4]

The car manufacturer Aston Martin took one part of its name from the nearby Aston Hill combining it with that of its co-founder Lionel Martin. The firm had great success in the Aston Clinton Hillclimb competition up nearby Aston Hill. A plaque now marks the site.

The modern parish of Aston Clinton was created in 1934. Of the other medieval manors:- Dundridge; Chivery; St Leonards and Vaches, historically all closely associated with Aston Clinton, only Chivery and Vaches have remained distinct parts of Aston Clinton, which now forms part of Aylesbury Vale District. Dundridge manor became part of the ecclesiastical parish of St Leonards which has itself since 1934 become part of the parish of Cholesbury-cum-St Leonards.

The village today

There are many historic buildings with listed status in Aston Clinton including Anthony Hall, a concert hall situated in the centre of the village which was donated to the community by the widow of Anthony Nathan de Rothschild.[5] To the south-east of the village in Green Park was the former Aston Clinton House. The village also contains St. Michael and All Angels parish church, dating from the late medieval period.

The village was used as a filming location for the 1962 film Lolita.[6] The TV programme Hotel Babylon was filmed in Aston Clinton.[7][8]

Aston Clinton Household Recycling Centre opened in 2009 and was built to the north of the village off the A41 Aston Clinton bypass.[9]

In 2011 a new industrial park opened in Aston Clinton called Halton Brook Business Park, designed and developed by Horstonbridge Development Management which replaced an old dairy, demolished in 2006, that once stood in the same location. Two companies currently occupy Halton Brook, Zethon & DeSoutter Medical.

Notable residents

Composer and lutenist Daniel Bacheler was born in the village in 1572.

The BAFTA and Oscar winning special effects make-up artist David Malinowski lives in the village.[10][11][12]

Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber lists Aston Clinton as his home in England where he lives with his partner Ann Neal.[13]


According to the 2011 census there were 1,518 households in Aston Clinton with a Population of 3,682: 1,784 males and 1,898 females.[1] In accordance with the government plans to boost housing supply, due to the rising population, there has been an increase in new housing developments in Aston Clinton: The Burnhams (19 dwellings),[14] Stratford Close (20 dwellings),[15] 28 flats near the surgery,[16] four detached houses to the south of London Road[17] Pavilion Gardens (14 dwellings)[18] and The Willows (three large detached houses).[19]


Aston Clinton is located at the northern edge of the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire, to the east of Aylesbury.

Aston Clinton Civil Parish is bordered by other civil parishes to the:


Historically, the A41 passed through Aston Clinton. A bypass was built around the north of the village, it was opened on the 3 October 2003.[20]

The village lies on several bus routes, with direct services to Aylesbury, Watford, Leighton Buzzard and Dunstable.


Aston Clinton School is a combined primary school located in the village. The school badge bears resemblance to the Rothschild coat of arms, since the family built the first schools in the village.

See also


  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Aston Clinton Parish (E04001457)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Aston Clinton Home Page". Archived from the original on 6 July 2008.
  3. ^ "Air Crash Victims". News. The Times. No. 46868. London. 25 September 1934. col E, p. 9.
  4. ^ "Four Victims of Air Crash Ministry Expert's Theory, A Fractured Bolt". News. The Times. No. 46904. London. 6 November 1934. col D, p. 16.
  5. ^ "Listed Buildings in Aston Clinton, Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Lolita (1962) Filming Locations". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Location not so glam for drama". Johnston Press Digital Publishing. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
  8. ^ "Hotel Babylon". BBC. 8 February 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
  9. ^ "Household waste and recycling centre, College Road North exit, off the A41 Aston Clinton bypass". AVDC. 7 October 2012. Archived from the original on 31 October 2013.
  10. ^ "2018 Film Make Up and Hair | BAFTA Awards". 18 February 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Oscar 2018 for Best Makeup and Hairstyling". 4 March 2018. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  12. ^ "BAFTA for Aston Clinton man who transformed Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill". 21 February 2018. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Rightmove speaks exclusively to...Formula One star Mark Webber". 22 September 2011. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  14. ^ "00/00431/APP- Erection of 19 No. dwellings – 10–50 Weston Road Aston Clinton Buckinghamshire".
  15. ^ "04/02275/APP – Demolition of existing dwelling, erection of 1 replacement dwelling and 19 new dwellings, parking and garaging provision and creation of new access road – 76 And Land To Rear of 52 To 76 Weston Road Aston Clinton Buckinghamshire".
  16. ^ "01/02773/APP – Erection of 28 flats together with roads, sewers and ancillary works – Land Adjacent To Aston Clinton Surgery Lower Icknield Way Aston Clinton Buckinghamshire".
  17. ^ "99/01648/APP – Demolition of existing buildings & erection of 4no detached dwellings with garages – Former 31 London Road Aston Clinton Buckinghamshire HP22 5HG".
  18. ^ "09/02027/APP – Erection of 14 dwellings with associated parking and formation of new access – Former Bell Inn Pavilion London Road Aston Clinton Buckinghamshire HP22 5HP".
  19. ^ "09/01984/APP- Erection of two detached dwellings – Land To Rear of 1 And 3 Stablebridge Road Aston Clinton Buckinghamshire HP22 5ND".
  20. ^ "Village gets bypass after 40 years". 3 October 2003. Retrieved 7 April 2018.