The village of Deanshanger lies a mile to the west of the A5 and 2 miles from the popular market town of Stony Stratford. Road communications to Milton Keynes are excellent and the M1 can be accessed at junction 14 south of Milton Keynes or junction 15 at Collingtree just south of Northampton. There is an excellent Intercity rail service at Milton Keynes. Facilities in the village include a post office, churches, shops, pubs, infant/junior school and secondary school.
Deanshanger used to be called Daneshanger, "Hanger" being an old English word, meaning a clearing in the woods - hence Daneshanger was a clearing in the woods where the Danes lived.
The original population centre of the parish was the hamlet of Passenham. However, from the late 18th century the coming of the Grand Union Canal to the east made Deanshanger an agricultural industrial centre causing it to grow quickly. This growth accelerated with the building of the London and Birmingham Railway in the first half of the 19th century which passed through the nearby villages of Wolverton, Bletchley and Roade.
After a fall out with Henry II in 1170 AD, Thomas Becket is said to have sought refuge in the Gilbertine Monastery in Deanshanger (or Dinneshangra as it was then known). Although disguised as a peasant, he was nevertheless recognised by a farm labourer known only as Wayne. At the time the only water supply in the village was foul and brackish, and having heard of the miracle that Becket was said to have performed at nearby Northampton, the farm labourer pleaded with Becket to repeat the performance. Becket is said to have looked towards Heaven, struck the ground with his staff, and immediately a fresh spring appeared. This is one of 703 miracles that is said to have led to his canonisation
The school, a sports college merged with former Roade school in September 2011. The merged school was renamed Elizabeth Woodville School. Woodville was born in Grafton Regis which is halfway between the two schools and was Queen consort of King Edward IV.
The village has village hall and community centre (extended in 2008) to provide a venue for events and facilities for community groups, a doctor's surgery and a library. Other amenities include a primary school, a secondary school, The Elizabeth Woodville secondary school and the Deanshanger grounds include the site of a Roman villa.
There is a parish church (Holy Trinity, Church of England) and a Methodist chapel, a post office, two pubs and two members' clubs (sports and social, Conservative club), a pharamacy, a hairdresser, a pizza and kebab takeaway, a Chinese and fish and chips takeaway, a mobile takeaway, and other village stores and newsagent's shops including a greengrocers. On the edge of the village on the A422, is a golf and country club, a hotel, a Thai restaurant and a petrol and service station.
For children, there is a pre-school playgroup, youth club, and junior football club.
The village's annual event is a revival of the historic Feast held on a Saturday afternoon and evening in October each year. This includes a fun fair, stalls and firework show.
There is an active village heritage society that organises the Feast, the planting of spring flowers on the roads into the village in autumn, cleaning of the stream (King's Brook) in spring and carol singing in December.
The parish council office is the former primary school and redundant Baptist Chapel building renovated inn 2008-09.
The local bus service runs hourly (between 07:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday, 08:00 and 18:00 Saturday, no Sunday or Public Holiday services) Bus route 14 travels between Deanshanger, Stony Stratford, Old Stratford, Kiln Farm and Milton Keynes town centre and rail station. Certain timetabled buses on this route also travel to Wicken.
The nearest railway station is Wolverton for services to London Euston railway station, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Birmingham and north. Milton Keynes railway station (on the same line) is the nearest station to give access to fast trains to London (40 minutes), intercity and cross-country services. There are several private hire taxi services.
Two Public Houses
The Beehive The Green Tel: 262368 A friendly pub serving the best of (Wells) beer.
The Fox & Hounds High Street Tel:263801 Now Open July 2011 Food available
The Playing Field Sports Club Little London Tel:567137 Sky Sports
Conservative Club Church Rd Tel:567109
Deanshanger W I Venue: Haven court Ridgmont Close
Hall & Library
Deanshanger Memorial Community Center Little London
For Bookings Tel: Stella Lawson 01908 563489/Jennifer Cross 01908 563235
Caters for the needs of the community with its own bar for functions
Doctors Surgery-Library-Play Group-Carpet Bowls-Jado Kuin Do-Circuit Training-Tai Chi-Weightwatchers-Keep Fit-Karate-Salsa Dancing-Zumba
Library Little London Tel: 562889
Kingsbrook Comprehensive. Stratford Rd Tel: 563468
Primary School The Green Tel: 268920
For Your Religious Needs
Holy Trinity Church Lane Tel: 567562 Rectory Rev Chris Murray Tel: 262371. Wicken Rd
Methodist Church Church Lane Rev Dr Stephen Mosedale Tel: 01908 312043 firstname.lastname@example.org
Post Office & Store High St Tel: 563411
Spar Deanshanger 12-14 Little London Tel: 568640
The Top Shop Riddhi's Convenience Store Puxley Rd Tel:564494
Deanshanger Wines + News Agent's Puxley Rd Tel: 563009
Jardines Chemist Puxley Rd Tel: 569998
J.R.Produce 5 Little London Tel 312074
Chinese Take-Away Little London Tel: 562452
The Deanshanger Pizza & Kebab House 16 Little London Tel: 260866.
Mobile Kebab Van The Green Tel 07789 76 38 32
Grand Indiana Restaurant & Takeaway Buckingham Road (A422) Deanshanger Tel 561601
Scallywags Hair and Beauty 2 Folly Road Tel 564717
Comfort Inn Milton Keynes North Buckingham Road, Deanshanger, Milton Keynes. MK19 6JU T: 01908 262925 F: 01908 263642
Kingfisher Golf & Country Club Buckingham Rd Tel: 562332
Carlton Car Service Tel 307030
Rendal's 8 Seater Minibus Tel: 563453 Mobile 07762662341