The Story of Buckingham

Title: The Undiscovered History of Buckingham: Unveiling the Mysteries of the Past

Buckingham, a small town nestled in the heart of England, is a place that holds many secrets. A long-standing settlement, Buckingham has a history that runs deep and dates back to the Roman times. With evidence of Roman settlement found in several sites close to the River Great Ouse, including a temple south of the A421 at Bourton Grounds, the town is a treasure trove for history enthusiasts.

But the history of Buckingham goes far beyond that. The town has a rich Anglo-Saxon history, having been founded in the 7th century by Bucca, the leader of the first Anglo Saxon settlers. Over the years, the town regularly changed hands between the Saxons and the Danes, with King Edward the Elder and a Saxon army encamped in Buckingham in 914 to defeat the local Danish Viking leaders.

Today, Buckingham is mentioned in the Burghal Hidage, a document commonly ascribed to the early tenth century, which describes a system of forts set up by King Alfred over the whole of the West Saxon kingdom, a testament to its significance in Anglo-Saxon times. The town is the first settlement referred to in the Buckinghamshire section of the Domesday Book of 1086, where it is referred to as Buckingham with Bourton.

But despite all of Buckingham’s fascinating history, much of it remains undiscovered, shrouded in mystery and waiting for the curious to unravel it. From possible Roman buildings identified at Castle Fields to the site of early Roman pottery kilns at Buckingham industrial estate, the town is a hotbed of potential discoveries.

Yet as the town moves forward into the future, the past remains a captivating enigma. Buckingham’s history is a story that deserves to be told, and it is our responsibility to ensure it is not forgotten. Let us unveil the mysteries of the past and discover the rich history of Buckingham that has been waiting for us all along.


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