An ancient English village
The toponym Stewkley is derived from the Old English for woodland clearing with tree stumps. The Domesday Book of 1086 records it as Stiuclai.
The principal manor in Stewkley was once held by the son of Geoffrey Chaucer [1343 - 1400] (the father of english literature), who was an occasional visitor to the village.
The oldest building in the village must be the 12th century Norman church, said by many to be one of the finest examples of Norman architecture in the country.
British History Online
The building is exceptionally interesting as a complete example of a 12th-century church, and contains good moulding and carving of that date. Among the fittings are some alabaster figures, probably part of a 15th-century reredos.
Stewkley church from Blacks 1907 guide to Buckinghamshire (for cyclists):
Of the many ancient houses in Stewkley, here is one of the oldest, a 16th Century timbered house, with an overhanging upstairs. Much the sort of place William Shakespear would have felt at home in. And in fact he did spend time in Buckinghamshire so easily could have walked past this front door...