Origin: Boar hill

Domesday: Bishop of Bayeux’s fief. William held half a hide in Great Everdon. Soke of land lies in Fawsley. Land for 1 plough. 2 villans and 2 bordars and 6 acres of meadow.


Great Everdon is itself not large and little Everdon, a few hundred yards away, is significantly smaller but it does have a surprising number of large houses (including Everdon Hall).


The church is in Great Everdon and has a remarkable cold clamminess about it even on a warm day (wrap up for a winter service!). It seems somewhat cavernous inside perhaps due to the absence of pews at the rear of the church.


everdon hall


Following a cart track takes you to Snorscombe which was a hamlet but is no longer; all that remains is a farm (now a private house with an enormous range of outbuildings) and a mill which has been so rebuilt to be largely unrecognisable as to its original purpose. I think the farm was the home of the Montgomery family in the 1600s, their house had 4 hearths at the Hearth Tax and there is nothing else of a similar size.


My interests are the Montgomery, Shortgrave and Bird families from 1600. The Shortgraves appear to have disappeared entirely, the Montgomeries moved away but there are still Birds in the locality.

Baker gives some history of the village


After the conquest a cell of Bernay Abbey was based there and subsequently Henry VI endowed the land in Everdon to the newly founded (1440) Eton College. A junior branch of the Spencer family from Badby took up the lease of the Eton College (in great Everdon) manor around 1500. A separate manor existed in Little Everdon.

The land was inclosed by Act of Parliament in 1764

1801 111 houses 585 inhabitants

1811 116 houses 578 inhabitants

1821 122 houses 640 inhabitants

A charity school was established in Everdon in 1813, and in the same year an independent meeting house opened.


The manor was held by Philip Lovell at the time of King John. By 1534 it had passed to the Knightley family.

The manor house was a farmhouse by the early 1700s and all that was left of the village was that farm, a watermill and a cottage.

For a description of the village in the late 1800s a Whelans Directory of 1874 is attached.