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Ellesborough is a village in Buckinghamshire, England. It is located at the foot of the Chiltern Hills, about two miles from Wendover. It is the location of the Prime Minister's country residence Chequers and is also home to racing driver Jackie Stewart.

The village name is Anglo Saxon in origin, and means 'hill where asses are pastured'. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it was recorded as Esenberge.

The parish church, dedicated to St Peter and St Paul, stands separate from the rest of the village, high on the hill overlooking the rest of Ellesborough. When the Prime Minister is in residence at Chequers, this would normally be the church where he or she would go for Sunday morning worship, however Tony Blair caused outrage locally by electing to go instead to a church in Great Missenden.

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Ellesborough (1244 words)
This parish, with its hamlets, is bounded, on the north by Stoke-Mandeville; on the east by Wendover; on the south by the Hampdens; and on the west by the Kimbles: its southern part rises into irregularly-shaped hills, the northern portion is nearly level, and the soil accordingly various.
ELLESBOROUGH, in the hundred of Aylesbury and the deanery of Wendover, lies under the Chiltern hills, about two miles and a half south-west of Wendover.
The manor of Checkers, in Ellesborough, took its name from one of its ancient lords, John de Scaccariis, (or of the Exchequer,) from whose family it passed to the Hawtreys, and from the Hawtreys to a younger branch of the Crokes.
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