Hanslope is an Ancient Parish mostly in Buckinghamshire and partly in Northamptonshire. Castlethorpe is a chapelry of Hanslope.

Alternative names: Hanslope with Castlethorpe, Harslope

Parish church: St. James

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1571
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1575

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Particular Baptist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HANSLOPE, a village and a parish in Newport-Pagnell district, Bucks.

The village stands near the Northwestern railway and the boundary with Northampton, 4½ miles N by W of Wolverton r. station, and 4½ N by E of Stony-Stratford; was once a market town; and has a post-office under Stony-Stratford, and a cattle fair on Holy Thursday.

The parish comprises 5, 290 acres. Real property, £8, 966. Pop. in 1851, 1, 604; in 1861, 1, 792. Houses, 352. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged anciently to the Beauchamps; and belongs now to W. Watts, Esq. Lace making is extensively carried on. The living is a rectory, united with the vicarage of Castlethorpe, in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £152. Patron, the Bishop of Oxford. The church is early English; and has a pinnacled tower, with octagonal spire, 190 feet high, rebuilt in 1804.

There are chapels for Baptists and Wesleyans, a national school, and charities £179.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

HANSLOPE (St. James), a parish, in the union of Newport-Pagnell, hundred of Newport, county of Buckingham, 4½ miles (N. N. E.) from Stony-Stratford; containing 1553 inhabitants.

The parish belonged to William Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, who, in 1293, obtained the grant of a market on Thursday, and a fair commencing on the festival of St. James and to continue for 15 days, both which have been discontinued.

The manufacture of lace employs from 500 to 600 women and children: in connexion with the trade are schools where children are taught to work, from the age of five years till eleven or twelve years old, when they are able to support themselves. The London and Birmingham railway passes about a mile to the south-west of the church. There are several quarries which afford materials for building, and for mending the roads; and a fair for cattle is held on Holy-Thursday.

The living is a vicarage not in charge, with the living of Castlethorpe annexed; net income, £90; patron, G. Hyde, Esq. The church, which was erected in 1409, by Thomas Knight, clerk, has a lofty tower surmounted by an octagonal fluted spire, rising to a height of 200 feet; the spire was destroyed by lightning in 1804, but has been rebuilt in its original form.

There are places of worship for Baptists and Wesleyans. William Watts, Esq., has built and endowed a school; and there are several charitable bequests, in the aggregate amounting to more than £100 per annum, distributed among the poor of the parish.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

Parish Records

Hanslope Parish Records


England, Buckinghamshire, Hanslope – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Hanslope, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

England, Buckinghamshire, Hanslope – Church records ( 1 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Hanslope, 1575-1837
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Hanslope (Buckinghamshire)

England, Buckinghamshire, Hanslope – History ( 1 )
Hanslope’s past : a brief history of Hanslope and its people
Author: Styles, Jim; Williams, Bob


OS Grid Reference: SP8023947213 (all-numeric format: 480239 247214)

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  • County: Buckinghamshire; Northamptonshire
  • Civil Registration District: Newport Pagnell
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham
  • Diocese: Pre-1845 – Lincoln, Post-1844 – Oxford
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 – None, Post-1844 – Newport
  • Poor Law Union: Newport Pagnell
  • Hundred: Newport; Cleley
  • Province: Canterbury

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