"BROUGHTON. Very main-road ridden brick village with Bedfordshire qualities. The restored Dec. and Perp. church has several retouched late fourteenth and mid fifteenth-century wall paintings. The glass in a window on the south is by Alexander Gibbs, 1864." [Murray's Buckinghamshire Architectural Guide]


The following reference sources have been used in the construction of this page, and may be referred to for further detail. Most if not all of these volumes are available in the Reference section of the County Library in Aylesbury.

"Buckinghamshire Contributions for Ireland 1642", Wilson J., 1983.
"Buckinghamshire Returns of the Census of Religious Worship 1851", Legg E. ed., 1991, ISBN 0 901198 27 7.
"Magna Britannia: Buckinghamshire", Lysons S. and Lysons D., 1806.
"Murray's Buckinghamshire Architectural Guide." editors John Betjeman & John Piper, London, 1948
"The Place-Names of Buckinghamshire", Mawer A. and Stenton F.M., 1925.
"The Victoria History of the Counties of England: Buckinghamshire", Page W. ed., 1905-1928
"War Memorials and War Graves: Milton Keynes & Wolverton area, Volume 6", Peter Quick.



  • War memorials in Broughton have been transcribed by Peter Quick, and published in a booklet entitled "War Memorials and War Graves: Milton Keynes & Wolverton area, Volume 6", available from the Buckinghamshire Genealogical Society.
  • War memorial details are also available online on the Roll of Honour web site.



In 1642 there were 23 people named in the tax returns for contributions for Ireland. Between them they were assessed at £6.15.2 of which sum Mrs Sar. Duncombe widow contributed £3.0.0

In 1798 the Posse Comitatus listed 34 men between the ages of 16 and 60 in Broughton.

In the earliest government census of 1801, there were 157 inhabitants in 36 families living in 32 houses recorded in Broughton.

Census Year Population of Broughton
1801* 157
1811* 194
1821* 191
1831* 172
1841 168
1851 182
1861 155
1871 174
1881 159
1891 122
1901 113

* = No names were recorded in census documents from 1801 to 1831.
** = Census documents from 1911 to 2001 are only available in summary form. Names are witheld under the 100 year rule.

Microfilm copies of all census enumerators' notebooks for 1841 to 1891 are held at the Local Studies Libraries at Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, as well as centrally at the PRO. A table of 19th century census headcount by parish is printed in the VCH of Bucks, Vol.2, pp 96-101.

Availability of census transcripts and indexes.

  • 1851 - Full transcripts and indexes for Buckinghamshire are available on CD-ROM, hard copy and microfiche from the Buckinghamshire Family History Society.
  • 1861 - Available on CD-ROM with advanced search and mapping capabilities etc. from the Buckinghamshire Genealogical Society.
  • 1881
    • Available on CD-ROM from the Church of the Latter Day Saints, as part of the National 1881 Census Index.
    • Available on CD-ROM for Buckinghamshire, with advanced search and mapping capabilities etc. from Drake Software.
  • 1891 - Available on CD-ROM with advanced search and mapping capabilities etc. from the Buckinghamshire Genealogical Society.


Church History

Details of the stained glass in the church can be found on the following web sites (the site includes many photos):


Church Records

The original copies of the parish registers for St. Lawrence, Broughton have been deposited in the Buckinghamshire Record Office in Aylesbury, and they hold the following years:

Event Dates covered
Christenings 1654 - 1812
Marriages 1655 - 1837
Burials 1655 - 1811

Copies or indexes to the parish registers are available from societies as follows:

Society Library*
Dates covered
1576 - 1837
Buckinghamshire Genealogical Society

* = material held in a Society library is generally available for loan to all members either via post, or by collection at a meeting

An ecclesiastical census was carried out throughout England on 30 March 1851 to record the attendance at all places of worship. These returns are in the Buckinghamshire Record Office and have been published by the Buckinghamshire Record Society (vol 27). The returns for Broughton showed the following numbers:

Church Attendance
Broughton, St. Lawrence 75 - Afternoon General Congregation
28 - Afternoon Sunday Scholars
103 - Afternoon Total


Description & Travel

You can see pictures of Broughton which are provided by:




Historical Geography

You can see the administrative areas in which Broughton has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



Broughton was described in 1806 in "Magna Britannia" as follows:

BROUGHTON, in the hundred and deanery of Newport, lies three miles from Newport-Pagnell, on the road to London. The manor was held under the heirs of Hugh de Bolebec, as early as the year 1200, by a family who took their name from the village. William Pawlet, Lord St. John, who married one of the co-heiresses of John Broughton esq. sold it in 1572 to the Duncombes, of whom it was purchased in 1746, by Barnabas Backwell esq. It is now the property of his representative, William Praed esq.

In the parish church are memorials of the families of Broughton, Duncombe, and Chester. The advowson of the rectory has always been annexed to the manor. A yearly payment was alloted to the rector in lieu of tithes, by an act of parliament which passed in 1748.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SP895401 (Lat/Lon: 52.052071, -0.696204), Broughton which are provided by:


Names, Geographical

The name Broughton is composed of two parts: broc and tun and means 'Brook-farm'.