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Origin: Ford of the thanes

Domesday: Roger holds of Robertd’Oilly 1 hide. There is land for 3 ½ ploughs. In demesne is 1 plough, and 2 slaves; and 7 villans have 2 ½ ploughs. There is a mill rendering 30d. It was worth 10s; now 30s.

Approaching the village from Marston St Lawrence I was struck by a beautifully laid hedge which makes a welcome change from the more usual “cut and slash” school of hedge management. On the opposite side of the road, but barely visible behind the trees, is a very large house (Thenford House). The village is tiny, ancient and entirely stone. It is also the nearest I have ever experienced to a deserted village. I walked the entire length of the village and saw nor heard any people.


The church is separated from the village by a field, surrounded by woods and overlooking some (man made?) lakes.


The tiles on the church floor look to me, in places, to be mediaeval. The interior is relatively plain, unadorned and well maintained.



I searched for evidence of a mill (my Buswell ancestors were millers there in the late 1600s) but found nothing by way of a building.

If anyone knows where the Thenford mill was, or have any information on the Buswell family please contact me on



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