In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Grendon Underwood like this:
GRENDON UNDERWOOD, a village and a parish in Aylesbury district, Bucks. The village stands 4 miles SW of Claydon r. station, and 6½ ESE of Bicester; is characterized, in an old Buckinghamshire rhyme, as " the dirtiest town that ever stood, " but is now cleaner; and is said to have furnished to Shakespeare, on occasion of his spending a night in it, some of the humour of his " Midsummer Night's Dream. " The parish comprises 3, 670 acres; and its post town is Middle Claydon under Winslow. ...
Real property, £2, 219. Pop., 451. Houses, 97. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged anciently to Almeric de St. Amand, a godfather of Edward I.; passed to the Pigotts; and belongs now to J. Jervoes, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £360. * Patron, W. Pigott, EsqThe church is ancient but good; and contains monuments of the Pigotts, and one of Lord Saye and Sele. There are a Baptist chapel, and an endowed school.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Grendon Underwood has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Aylesbury Vale. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Grendon Underwood and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Grendon Underwood, in Aylesbury Vale and Buckinghamshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 12th March 2014
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