Simpson, Milton Keynes

Coordinates: 52°00′57″N 0°43′03″W / 52.0157°N 0.7174°W / 52.0157; -0.7174
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Ecumenical Church of St Thomas the Apostle (14 C.)
Simpson is located in Milton Keynes
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Simpson is located in Buckinghamshire
Location within Buckinghamshire
Population1,142 (parish: 2011)[1]
OS grid referenceSP883362
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtMK6
Dialling code01908
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
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52°00′57″N 0°43′03″W / 52.0157°N 0.7174°W / 52.0157; -0.7174

Simpson is a village in Milton Keynes, England. It was one of the villages of historic Buckinghamshire that was included in the "New City" in 1967. It is located south of the centre, just north of Fenny Stratford.

Simpson is now part of the civil parish of Simpson and Ashland, which also includes Ashland and West Ashland.[2]


The village name is derived from Old English, and means 'Sigewine's farm or settlement'.[3] It was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Siwinestone.[4]

In the mid 19th century the village was described as "in appearance, one of the most wretched of many miserable villages in the county".[5] According to Sheahan, until about 1830 "during the wintertime, the main road [London–Northampton] was generally impassable, without wading through water three feet deep, for a distance of about 200 yards";[5] he goes on to state that "chiefly through the exertions of Mr. C. Warren, the road has been raised by 3 and a half feet". Charles Warren was the owner of Simpson House and was a substantial landowner and contractor. It would have been in his interest to alleviate flooding in the village, although there is no other documentary evidence that he was directly involved in the improvement works.

Simpson was an ancient parish, which included part of Fenny Stratford.[4] It became a civil parish in 1866, but in 1934 the civil parish was abolished and absorbed by Bletchley Urban District,[6] which itself was abolished in 1974 to become part of the Milton Keynes District.

Ecumenical Church of St Thomas the Apostle[edit]

Exterior sculpture at Ecumenical Church of St Thomas the Apostle

The church building dates from the early fourteenth century.[4] By 1847, Simpson, or Sympson, like other ecclesiastical parishes in Buckinghamshire, had been transferred to the Diocese of Oxford. St Thomas is one of the five churches in the Woughton Ecumenical Partnership, which was established in 1977.[7] Among the historical features of the church is a hagioscope, or leper-squint.


There is one school currently in Simpson:

Charles Warren Academy, a primary school for children aged 4-11 years. The current headteacher is Jo Goldsmith. It was previously known as Simpson County Combined School.

Walnuts School, a school for pupils with special educational needs used to be located at Simpson, but it is now moved to Hazeley, the west corner of Milton Keynes.


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Simpson and Ashland Parish (1170212030)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  2. ^ Simpson and Ashland Parish Council website
  3. ^ "Key to English place names: Simpson". Institute for Name-Studies, the University of Nottingham. Retrieved 6 April 2020.
  4. ^ a b c William Page, ed. (1927). "Parishes : Simpson". A History of the County of Buckingham. Victoria History of the Counties of England. Vol. 4. London: Constable & Co. Ltd. pp. 458–462.
  5. ^ a b James Joseph Sheahan (1862). History and Topography of Buckinghamshire: Comprising a General Survey of the County, Preceded by an Epitome of the Early History of Great Britain. Longman, Green, Longman, and Roberts. p. 604. ISBN 9780804833905.
  6. ^ GB Historical GIS. "Simpson, Buckinghamshire". A Vision of Britain Through Time. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 26 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Woughton Ecumenical Parish". Retrieved 28 February 2022.