Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire Family History Guide

Great Missenden is an Ancient Parish in the county of Buckinghamshire.

Other places in the parish include: Brands Fee and Potters Row.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1678
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1575

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Methodist, Primitive Methodist, and Roman Catholic.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MISSENDEN (GREAT), a village and a parish in Amersham district, Bucks. The village stands in a charming valley, near the source of the rivulet Mise or Miss, 4¾ miles NW of Amersham, and 5¾ NNE of Wycombe r. station; is a considerable place; and has a post-office under Amersham, and fairs on Easter Tuesday and the Monday after Old Michaelmas day. The parish comprises 5,731 acres. Real property, £7,623. Pop. in 1851, 2,097; in 1861, 2,250. Houses, 479. The property is much subdivided. The manor, with Missenden Abbey, belongs to Mrs. Carrington. Mobwell House is the residence of T. Honnor, Esq.; Woodlands Lodge, of J. E. M ‘Connell, Esq.; and Hill House, of S. Percy, Esq. Hampden House was the residence of the patriot Hampden, and belongs now to the Cameron family. A cottage above the village was long the retreat of Mr. Stephen, the brother-in-law of Wilberforce, and his co-adjutor in the struggle against slavery. An abbey for Black Canons was founded within the parish, in 1133, by the family of D’Oiley; was endowed, about 1293, by Admiral Sir Thomas Missenden; became the property of the Oldhams in 1787; belongs now to Mrs. Carrington; and is still represented by its cloisters, and by some sparce remains of flint walls, at her mansion of Missenden Abbey. The living is a Vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £250. Patrons, the Trustees of J. O. Oldham, Esq. The church is ancient and cruciform, with a tower; and contains brasses of 1536 and 1596. There are a neat Baptist chapel in the Grecian style, and charities £29. J. Randall, the theologian, was a native.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

Parish Records

Buckinghamshire Archives & Family History Groups

Buckinghamshire Family History Society


Buckinghamshire Trade Directories

Buckinghamshire Maps

Buckinghamshire Remembers

Aylesbury Gaol Prisoners

Winslow History

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977



England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911


United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries


Old maps of Britain and Europe from A Vision of Britain Through Time


  • County: Buckinghamshire
  • Civil Registration District: Amersham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham
  • Diocese: Pre-1845 - Lincoln, Post-1844 - Oxford
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 - None, Post-1844 - Wendover
  • Poor Law Union: Amersham
  • Hundred: Aylesbury
  • Province: Canterbury