Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire Family History Guide

Princes Risborough is an Ancient Parish and a market town in the county of Buckinghamshire.

Other places in the parish include: Loosley Row, Loosley, Longwick, Speen, and Parkfield.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1561
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1575

Nonconformists include: Baptist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

RISBOROUGH-PRINCES, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Wycombe district, Bucks. The town stands near Icknield-street, under the Chiltern hills, ½ a mile N E of the Wycombe and Oxford railway, and 7½ S by W of Aylesbury; had a moated palace of the Black Prince, whence it took the name of Princes; is a seat of petty sessions; and has a post-office under Tring, a railway station, a good inn, a market house, a church, Baptist and Wesleyan chapels, an endowed school with £55 a year, a British school, charities £34, a weeklymarket on Thursday, and fairs on 6 May and 21 Oct. The church was re-built in the time of Henry VII.; retains a very fine early English window; and has a tower and octagonal spire 100 feet high. A mound on the W side of the churchyard marks the site of the Black Prince’s palace; and is thought, by some antiquaries, to have been a Saxon camp. The parish contains also the hamlets of Lacey-Green, Longwick, Loosley-Row, Park-field, and Speen; and comprises 4, 710 acres. Real property, £8, 940. Pop., 2, 392. Houses, 512. The property is much subdivided. The manor was given, by Henry III., to the Earl of Cornwall; reverted to the Crown about 1300; remained with the Crown till the time of Charles I.; and passed to the family of Grubb. The living is a p. curacy in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £150. Patron, the Bishop of Oxford. The p. curacy of Lacey-Green is a separate benefice.

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: Wycombe
  • 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: Wycombe
  • Hundred: Aylesbury
  • Province: Canterbury