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The twentieth century was a period of ever-accelerating change. It saw Aston Abbotts transformed from a semi-isolated, rural agricultural village to the cosmopolitan modern village that it is today. Prior to 1900 the changes had been largely cosmetic. The village had been rebuilt, but village farming life continued as usual. As the twentieth century advanced labour-intensive farming gave way to mechanised methods, villagers used improved transport methods to work ever further from home - and commuters arrived as the new villager of Aston Abbotts.
History - The Twentieth Century Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Timeline
1901 The census shows 290 residents 1919  Landowner Lady Wantage sells off several farms  1919  The village applies for a telephone license  1919  The village cricket club is formed  1931 Mains electricity come to the village, but not all households are connected  1933  Electric lighting installed in St James Church  1937  Mains electricity is connected to the school  1939  Piped water supplies arrive in the village  1945  A recreation ground is built  1959  Street lighting is installed in the main part of the village  1959  The village gets a main sewage system  1960  Mains electricity reaches Oxley's Farm  1964  The village cricket club is dissolved  1969  First Parish Council elections are held  1969  Village loses its resident vicar as local parishes become a group benefice  1971  Cublington (Wing) airport proposal defeated  1972  Major Morton, landowner and owner of The Abbey, dies  1975  The vicarage is sold to a private owner  1978  The village school closes  1983  A survey shows 280 villagers and 120 houses  1983  The village magazine 'The Chronicle' is launched  1984  Aston Abbotts wins best kept village in Bucks competition  1989  A plan to build affordable housing on the village outskirts is turned down  1989  Parts of Aston Abbotts are designated a Conservation Area  1990  The village Post Office closes  1991  The census shows 396 residents  1993  The Primitive Methodist Chapel closes  1994  Mains gas arrives in the village  1996  Nash's Farm is demolished to make way for twelve houses  1998  Mrs Tunnicliffe becomes the parish's first woman priest  2001  Home Farm is sold. Some of its land is sold for housing development  2003  The Bull and Butcher public house closes and the site is redeveloped as 10 dwellings 2005 Osborn’s shop closes 2011 Vic Scott, well-known local naturalist and life-long resident of Aston Abbotts passes away 2011 The 2011 census records 366 inhabitants in 167 households 2013 The village is granted a lease for the Church Room, now renamed the Village Hall 2014 Bernard Osborn of Osborn’s shop passes away 2016 the Village Hall Trustees obtain major funding for renovation of the hall