Islip is an Ancient Parish in the county of Oxfordshire.

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Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1590
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1678

Nonconformists include: Baptist and Wesleyan Methodist.

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Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ISLIP, a village and a parish in Bicester district, Oxford. The village stands on the river Ray, near its influx to the Cherwell, and adjacent to the Oxford and Bletchley railway, 6 miles NNE of Oxford; and has a station on the railway, and a post-office under Oxford. The parish comprises 1, 960 acres. Real property, £4, 134. Pop., 688. Houses, 158. The manor was known to the Saxons as Githslepe; belonged, in King Ethelred’s time, to the Crown; was given, by Edward the Confessor, to the abbot and monks of Westminster; and belongs now to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. The manor house or palace was the birthplace of Edward the Confessor; was, for a short time in 1326, the residence of Isabel of France; and afterwards went so completely to decay that the vestiges of it were matter of modern discovery. A chapel connected with it stood, as a barn, till 1780; and a font, removed from that chapel, and now at Middleton-Stony, is said to have been the font in which Edward the Confessor was baptized. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £398. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. The church is variously transition-Norman, decorated English, and later English; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with handsome tower; and was restored, in 1861, at a cost of about £1, 800. The churchyard contains the grave, and a granite monument, of Dr. Buckland. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a Free school. Bishop Ravis, Dean Vincent, Aglionby, a translator of the Bible, and Heylin, the author of the “Cosmographie,” were rectors.

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

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  • County: Oxfordshire
  • Civil Registration District: Bicester
  • Probate Court: Courts of the Bishop (Episcopal Consistory) and the Archdeaconry of Oxford
  • Diocese: Oxford
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1852 – Bicester, Post-1851 – Islip
  • Poor Law Union: Bicester
  • Hundred: Ploughley
  • Province: Canterbury

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