Bow Brickhill

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Bow Brickhill
Bow Brickhill Church.JPG
All Saints Church, Bow Brickhill
Grid reference: SP9034
Location: 52°0’4"N, 0°40’59"W
Population: 562  (2011)
Post town: Milton Keynes
Postcode: MK17
Dialling code: 01908
Local Government
Council: Milton Keynes
Milton Keynes South

Bow Brickhill is a village in north-eastern Buckinghamshire, a short distance south-east of Milton Keynes.

Bow Brickhill railway station is about half a mile west of the village on the line between Bletchley and Bedford.


The village name is a combination of the ancient British language and Old English, using two words for 'hill': British breg and Old English hyll. The prefix 'Bow' comes from an Anglo Saxon personal name, Bolla.

The name of the village is given in historic records variously as Brichelle (11th century); Brichull (12th century); Bolle Brichulle, Bellebrikhulle (13th century).,[1] Bolbrykhull [2] Bolbryghyll (15th century, 1418)[3]


The Church of England parish church, All Saints stands apart from the rest of the village, on the side of a steep hill. The church probably dates from the 12th century but heavy remodelling in the 15th century oblitered most of the earlier details. The church was extensively restored by Browne Willis in 1757.[1]

The hymn tune Bow Brickhill by Sydney Nicholson was composed in honour of All Saints' parish church, after Nicholson and his choristers from Westminster Abbey performed there in 1923.


The playing field at Bow Brickhill Pavilion off Rushmere Close has been enrolled as a Queen Elizabeth II Field.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Parishes : Bow Brickhill'A History of the County of Buckingham - Volume pp289-293: {{{2}}} (Victoria County History)
  2. Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas - National Archives; CP 40/541 from 1396: William Cheval, as defendant
  3. Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas - National Archives; CP 40/629 from 1418: home of William Chevall, the first defendant, in a plea of debt