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The Mapley family history

Origin of the name : derived from Mabel, 11th. century popular name of Nottinghamshire and Bedfordshire

The Mapley family has spread from Newport Pagnell in the 16th. Century, through Wavendon to Little Linford, then Great Linford. Mapleys spread to other local villages like Little Linford, Hanslope, Castlethorpe, (New) Bradwell, Great & Little Woolstone.

The Posse Comitatus, or civil power, was a survey of all men capable of acting in a military capacity who were not either Quakers, clergymen or already serving in a military unit. Men between the ages of 15 and 60 were included. It was at the initiative of the lord lieutenant, the Marquess of Buckingham, that the Buckinghamshire survey was conducted in 1798, and remains the most complete county survey in England. The survey was conducted against the background of war with revolutionary France, and the risk of invasion by French forces under Napoleon. By February 1798, Britain had been at war with France for five years. 13 Mapleys were registered as fighting fit in the county.

William Mabley of Wavendon (1689?-1760), then George Mabley (1726-1783) of Wavendon spread the family line, with Thomas Mapley (1753-1824) moving to Little Linford. With 8, 6 and 11 children respectively. Most Mapleys from the area can be traced back to these farm labourers and shoemakers. William's son William Mapley (1779-1851) moved to Great Linford, showing up in the Posse Comitatus of 1798 as a resident and first of the Great Linford family line. Longevity is a genetic feature of the family, notwithstanding high child mortality rates, and 3 of William Mapley's sons lived to 80 years old, with further expansion of the family tree.

The Mapleys of Great Linford
The Mapleys of Little Linford
The Mapleys of Newport Pagnell
The Mapleys of Hanslope
The Mapleys of Wavendon
The Mapleys of Great Woolstone
The Mapleys of Castlethorpe

Initially working in the agricultural sector, the advent of a national railway network created employment for the next generations (1851-) and also led to migration away from Buckinghamshire. Wolverton Locomotive Works became the national railway coachworks for the London, Midland & Scottish Railways, Britain's largest railway pre-1948 nationalisation, employing 2,000 workers by 1860 building rolling stock for some of the most powerful locomotives of all time...
Click here for a more comprehensive history of the local railways!!

Emigration has also figured in the population patterns - Richard Mapley was tried and shipped to Tasmania, Australia by HMS Elphinstone in 1844-45, his wife and some of his family joined him 4 years later, and a whole new branch of Mapleys developed from his family.

As part of the trend to emigrate to the USA (1850-70), William Thomas Mapley of Little Linford married then moved to New York, and the next generation of some of his 9 kids settled in Michigan and 6-9 kids per generation spread the family rapidly in the new economy.

(several sites are not yet available, sorry...!!)


The Mapley Coat of Arms features a Tower & 3 Boars' heads diagonally on a blue and gold shield.

General background history to the railway

1804 Trevithick's first locomotive
1830 Liverpool and Manchester (Rocket of G. & L. Stephenson and Henry Booth won a competition for this railway 1929)
1831 London and Birmingham Railway Company formed
1832/1833 Acts of Parliament passed
1836 Land Settlements with Trusts and Landowners including Radcliffe Trust (8 acres)
Problems locally : crossing the Grand Union canal and the Ouse
tunnelling at Blisworth, Kilsby/Crick and Cassiobury

9th April 1838 An incomplete railway opened
  • London/Euston - Fenny Stratford (Denbigh Hall)
  • Birmingham - Rugby
  • Stage Coach - Fenny Stratford to Rugby (34 miles)
September 1838 The complete railway opened (112 miles)

The distance between London and Birmingham (112 miles) was considered too great for early locomotives to cover at a single haul. About halfway along the line, close to the Medieval village of Wolverton the proposed railway crossed a bend in the Grand Union Canal, that provided ideal wharfing facilities and it was here that the Central Engine Sheds and Station were built.

November 1840 Almost immediately it was decided that the first station was too small and a bigger and better station was opened. 60 railway cottages were also built at this time.
1842 New road (Stratford Road) extended links with Toll Road
1845 Queen Victoria comes to Wolverton en route for Stowe
1846 St George's Church built 1405 inhabitants - young population with 45% under 16 years
1851 Works employs 775 men - First express "Bloomer" built by McConnell
1852 Land purchased - Stantonbury (now New Bradwell)
1853 116 houses built
1856 Works expansion - locomative manufacture
1860 Works employs 2000 men
1864 Science and Arts Institute built
1881 New Wolverton Station built

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