Princes Risborough  Buckinghamshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Princes Risborough like this:

RISBOROUGH-PRINCES, a small town, a parish, and a sub-district, in Wycombe district, Bucks. The town stands near Icknield-street, under the Chilternhills, 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.—The sub-district contains seven parishes. Acres, 15, 660. Pop., 5, 907. Houses, 1, 201.

Princes Risborough through time

Princes Risborough is now part of Wycombe district. Click here for graphs and data of how Wycombe has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Princes Risborough itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Princes Risborough, in Wycombe and Buckinghamshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 26th September 2021

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