Little London, Buckinghamshire


Little London, Buckinghamshire

Little London is a hamlet of around 70 houses to the east of Oakley in Buckinghamshire. It is first mentioned around the 16th Century and is clearly visible on the New College, Oxford map of Bernwood Forest of 1590. Originally, the border between Brill and Oakley would have followed the stream in Oakley meaning that Oakley Church, 'the Nap' and 'Little London Green' would have been within Little London.

The origin of the settlement is not clear, some local thought was that it was built during the Black Death in the 14th century by Londoners fleeing the capital. The fact that the hamlet is one field distant from the rest of Oakley may support this theory.

In 1934, Buckinghamshire County Council amended parish council boundaries and Little London became part of Oakley. Up to the 1960s, the hamlet even had its own shop. Little London Green is the largest area of common land within the parish of Oakley.


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