Medmenham, Buckinghamshire Family History Guide

Medmenham is an Ancient Parish in the county of Buckinghamshire.

Alternative names:

Parish church: St. Peter

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1654
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1575

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

MEDMENHAM, a village and a parish in the district of Henley and county of Buckingham. The village stands near the river Thames, at the boundary with Berks, 3¼ miles SW by W of Great Marlow, and 4½ WNW of Henley r. station; and has a post-office under Marlow. The parish comprises 2,420 acres. Real property, £3,208. Pop., 380. Houses, 76. The property is divided among four. The manor, with Danesfield House, belongs to R. S. Murray, Esq. A Cistertian abbey., an offshoot of Woburn abbey, was founded here in 1204, by Hugh de Bolibec; went gradually into decay, so as to be very poor at the dissolution; survives in remains, agglomerated with modern tower and cloister, adjacent to a little inn and a ferry-house, on a lovely and secluded spot, contiguous to the Thames; became, in the middle of last century, the abode of a mysterious community, calling themselves Franciscans, from their founder Francis Dashwood, afterwards Lord le Despenser; and is now a favourite place of popular resort. Some of the doings of the so called Franciscans are noticed in “Chrysal or the Adventures of a Guinea;’’ and some pictures, representing their mysteries, are preserved at the Thatched House tavern in London. A large ancient entrenchment, supposed to be Danish, is near Danesfield House. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £200. Patron,R. S. Murray, Esq. The church is early English, of flint, chalk, and stone; was restored at several periods up to 1864, at a cost of nearly £1,200; and has a tower, and a fine E window. The churchyard contains a handsome monument to Mrs. Bransby Powys. There is a parochial school.

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Medmenham, a parish in the hund. of Desborough, union of Wycombe, county of Buckingham; 34 miles south-west by west of Great Marlow, on the northern bank of the Thames. Living, a discharged vicarage in the archd. of Buckingham and dio. of Lincoln; rated at £5 7s. 1d., returned at £110; gross income £141. Tithes commuted in 1839; aggregate amount £10, due to the impropriator, and £190 to the vicar. Patroness, in 1835, Mrs. Scott. Here is a daily school. An abbey of Cistertians was founded here, about 1204, by Hugh de Bolebec, as a cell to the monastery at Woburn. At the dissolution it had two resident monks with a revenue of £23 17s. 2d. Acres 2,510. Houses 67. A.P. £2,574. Pop., in 1801, 284; in 1831, 384. Poor rates, in 1838, £197.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

MEDMENHAM (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Henley, hundred of Desborough, county of Buckingham, 3 miles (S. W. by W.) from Marlow; containing 385 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, endowed with a portion of the rectorial tithes, valued in the king’s books at £5. 7. 1., and in the patronage of C. R. Scott Murray, Esq.: the incumbent’s tithes have been commuted for £200, and the glebe comprises 3 acres. An abbey for Cistercian monks was founded here by Hugh de Bolebec, as a cell to the monastery at Woburn, and its revenue was valued at £20. 6. 2.; a very small portion of the conventual building remains, and the site is partly occupied by a modern erection, in imitation of ruins, almost overgrown with ivy. Above the village are vestiges of a large camp, nearly square, with a single vallum and ditch, the area comprising about seven acres; there is also an ancient circular intrenchment in the parish, called Danesfield.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

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: Henley
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham
  • Diocese: Pre-1845 - Lincoln, Post-1844 - Oxford
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 - None, Post-1844 - Wycombe
  • Poor Law Union: Henley
  • Hundred: Desborough
  • Province: Canterbury