In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Rotherfield Greys like this:
ROTHERFIELD-GRAYS, a village and a parish in Henley district, Oxford. The village stands 2½ miles W of Henley r. station; gave the title of Baron, in the 14thcentury, to John de Grey; includes a village green, planted with cherry-trees; and has a post-office under Henley-on-Thames. The parish comprises 2, 910 acres. ...
Real property, £7, 325. Pop. in 1851, 1, 518; in 1861, 1, 629. Houses, 358. The property is divided chiefly among four. The manor belonged to the De Greys; passed to the Lovels, the Knollys, and the Stapletons; and, with Grays Court, belongs now to the Hon. and Rev. Sir F. J. Stapleton, Bart. The Court is part of astately, spacious, fortified residence, erected in the time of King John by the Archbishop of York, for his nephew John de Grey; retains four well-preserved towers of the original structure; is now much modernised, and of Tudor character; and stands in well-wooded grounds, containing a curious dairy. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £740. Patron, Trinity College, Oxford. The church is ancient; was restored in 1868; and contains some interesting monuments. Twosections of the parish, with pop. of 1,041 and 283 in 1861, are in the chapelries of Trinity and Highmore. Trinity chapelry includes also small sections of Rotherfield-Peppard and Henley-on-Thames parishes, and was constituted in 1849. The living is a p. curacy, of the value of £120, in the patronage of the Bishop of Oxford. The church was built in 1849, at a cost of about £3,000. Highmore chapelry is separately noticed. A parochial school is at Grays-Green, and a national school is connected with Trinity church.
Rotherfield Greys is now part of South Oxfordshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how South Oxfordshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Rotherfield Greys itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Rotherfield Greys in South Oxfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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