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Hanslope is a village in the north of the old county of Buckinghamshire, England, though now it is in the County of Milton Keynes. It is about 4 miles WNW of Newport Pagnell and 4 miles north of Stony Stratford.
There was once a castle in the parish (that later became Castlethorpe), that was the seat of Lord Mauduit. In 1215 Mauduit had started a rebellion against King John of England and was defeated in battle by the king's men. Following King John's death however, Mauduit reclaimed his seat and founded a grand park in the parish, remnants of which can still be found in Hanslope today. The castle, however, has long since disappeared.
In the Victorian period, most of the inhabitants of the village were employed in the manufacture of lace. This was a common trade in Buckinghamshire, and Hanslope lace was renowned for being a particularly fine example.
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