Descriptive Gazetteer Entry for MISSENDEN (GREAT)

MISSENDEN (GREAT), a village and a parish in Amersham district, Bucks. The village stands in a charming valley, near the source of the rivulet Mise or Miss, 4¾ miles NW of Amersham, and 5¾ NNE of Wycombe r. station; is a considerable place; and has a post office under Amersham, and fairs on Easter Tuesday and the Monday after Old Michaelmas day. The parish comprises 5,731 acres. Real property, £7,623. Pop. in 1851,2,097; in 1861,2,250. Houses, 479. The property is much subdivided. The manor, with Missenden Abbey, belongs to Mrs. Carrington. Mobwell House is the residence of T. Honnor, Esq.; Woodlands Lodge, of J. E. M 'Connell, Esq.; and Hill House, of S.Percy, Esq. Hampden House was the residence of the patriot Hampden, and belongs now to the Cameron family. A cottage above the village was long the retreat of Mr. Stephen, the brotherin-law of Wilberforce, and his coadjutor in the struggle against slavery. An abbey for Black Canons was founded within the parish, in 1133, by the family of D'Oiley; was endowed, about 1293, by Admiral Sir Thomas Missenden; became the property of the Oldhams in 1787; belongs now to Mrs. Carrington; and is still represented by its cloisters, and by some sparce remains of flint walls, at her mansion of Missenden Abbey. The living is a Vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £250.* Patrons, the Trustees of J. O. Oldham, Esq. The church is ancient and cruciform, with a tower; and contains brasses of 1536 and 1596. There are a neat Baptist chapel in the Grecian style, and charities £29. J. Randall, the theologian, was a native.


(John Marius Wilson, Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72))

Linked entities:
Feature Description: "a village and a parish"   (ADL Feature Type: "populated places")
Administrative units: Great Missenden AP/CP       Amersham PLU/RegD       Buckinghamshire AncC
Place names: GREAT MISSENDEN     |     MISSENDEN     |     MISSENDEN GREAT
Place: Great Missenden

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