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Stowe is a village and also a civil parish within Aylesbury Vale district in Buckinghamshire, Englandmarker. It is the location of Stowe Housemarker, a Grade I listed country house, and Stowe Schoolmarker, which occupies the mansion. It is situated about two miles north-northwest of Buckinghammarker. A corner of the Silverstone Circuitmarker has been named after the village.

History

Originally the village of Stowe was built in the Anglo-Saxon period. Its name refers to an ancient holy place of some eminence with the local community. The village was probably abandoned in the middle of the seventeenth century when Sir Peter Temple enclosed a large deer park. The small parish church still survives in the shadow of the great house, and Christian worship still takes place there every Sunday. Within the parish border of Stowe lie the hamlet of Boycottmarker, Dadfordmarker and Lamportmarker.

Stowe House

Formerly the country seat of the Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos, Stowe House is now occupied by Stowe Schoolmarker. The landscaped gardens, including its many monuments, were acquired by the National Trust in 1990, and are open to the public. The National Trust is currently overseeing a complete restoration programme of the grounds, temples and follies.

Stowe in film

Because of its picturesque surroundings Stowe has been the setting for many films, including the Bollywood film Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Stardust , Proof of Life and James Bond The World Is Not Enough.

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