Horton, Ivinghoe

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Lanthorn Cottage, Horton
Grid reference: SP924189
Location: 51°51’41"N, 0°39’31"W
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Horton is a hamlet in the parish of Ivinghoe, in Buckinghamshire. It runs up against the main railway line from London to Leighton Buzzard, the later being a few miles to the north. The hamlet is also just west of the Grand Union Canal, and has its own wharf, Horton Wharf, on the canal.

The name Horton is a common one: it derives from the Old English horu meaning 'mud' and tun meaning 'settlement, farm or estate'.[1]

Although in the parish of Ivinghoe, the hamlet is nearer to Cheddington with its shops and churches.


The hamlet of Horton was held after the Norman Conquest by the de Brocas family. The hamlet is very small, but a few new modern houses have been built over the last twenty years, most notably Brocas Way and The Grange. The latter was built in the 1970s as a dower house for Horton Hall.

Horton Hall is a large moated farmhouse with 18th-century origins. It is probably on the site of the original manor or hall. It was the home of Norman Shand-Kydd,[2] a charity fund-raiser, and former champion amateur jockey, who bred horses on the adjoining farm.

Two 16th-century half-timbered cottages remain in the village. One, still known as King's Head Cottage, was formerly an inn. The other, which is older, is a renovated Tudor hall on the outskirts of the hamlet.


  1. Victor Watts (ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, Based on the Collections of the English Place-Name Society (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), s.v. HORTON.
  2. "William Shand Kydd 1937-2014". Peerage News. http://peeragenews.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/william-shand-kydd-1937-2014.html.