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Great Rissington is an Ancient Parish in the county of Gloucestershire.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: 1538

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Great Rissington

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

RISSINGTON (Great), a parish, with a village, in Stow-on-the-Wold district, Gloucester; between the river Windrush and the boundary with Gloucester, 3¼ miles SSE of Bourton-on-the-Water r. station, and 5 NW of Burford. Post-town, Burford, under Faringdon. Acres, 2,420. Real property, £3,896. Pop., 499. Houses, 112. The manor belongs to Lord Dynevor. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value, £800. Patron, Lord Dynevor. The church is variously Norman, early English, decorated, and perpendicular. There are a slightly endowed national school, and charities £12.

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

Parish Records

FamilySearch – Birth Marriage & Death Census Migration & Naturalization Military Probate & Court


Marriages at Great Rissington 1538 to 1913

Note. – Vol. I consists of parchment leaves, front cover complete, back cover half torn off; size of each leaf 14 in. by 14 in. Writing on outer cover almost illegible, and some names inside quite unreadable. Thirty-eight leaves in register, slit in leaf 7, but no reading missing. Piece missing in leaf 14; piece 8 in. by 6 in. cut out of leaf 26. Between leaves 20 and 21, one leaf is entirely cut out, and also between leaves 26 and 27, and 28 and 29; while between leaves 34 and 25 two leaves have disappeared. Of leaf 35 a piece 6 in. by 14in. cut away. The last leaf of all is missing. Total, six leaves missing. This volume begins with Christenings from 1538 to 1746 complete; then follow Marriages from 1538 to 1744 complete, except for leaves named; then Burials from 1538 to 1747 complete, except for leaves named.

Vol. II of parchment leaves, bound in parchment boards, consists of twenty-four leaves, each 14 in. by 8 in., complete, except for three leaves cut out after leaf 14, five leaves cut out at the end, and three leaves cut out after leaf 16 – eleven leaves missing. At commencement of volume there are two plain fly-leaves. The first entries are Christenings from 1747 to 1812; then two pages of Burials, from 1805 continued till 1812, upside down; then Burials, 1747 to 1805; followed by Marriages, 1747 to 1754.

Vol. III, bound in parchment boards, consists of twenty-three parchment leaves, measuring 8 ½ in. by 13 in., complete and in good order. It contains Marriages from 1754 to 1793.

Vol. IV, contains eleven parchment leaves, 8 ½ in. by 13 in., in a stiff cover. Seven leaves have been cut out at end. This volume contains Marriages from 1794 to 1812.

Vol. V., leaves of paper bound in parchment boards. There are fifty leaves, measuring 16 in. by 10 ½ in., only sixteen of which are written upon. The Marriages are entered on printed forms, six on each leaf. This volume contains Marriages from 1813 to 1836; ninety-one entries.

Vol. VI, in cloth-covered boards, contains one hundred and twenty-five paper leaves; sixty-two used up to date. The Marriages are on printed forms, four on a leaf, and range from 1837 to 1913. One entry missing on leaf 11 and last leaf only half filled.

These Marriages have been abstracted by the Misses Agatha and Rhoda Pratt, and are now printed under their supervision by permission of the Rev. H. Madan Pratt, the present Rector.

Marriages at Great Rissington 1538-1913 – UK Genealogy Archives


Great Rissington Marriages 1754 to 1774

Great Rissington Marriages 1775 to 1793

Great Rissington Marriages 1794 to 1824

Great Rissington Marriages 1825 to 1836

Great Rissington Marriages 1837 to 1850

Great Rissington Marriages 1850 to 1874

Great Rissington Marriages 1875 to 1899

Great Rissington Marriages 1900 to 1913

Marriages Out of Parish

Surname Forename Parish Married in Date
Claridge James Westcote 1 Dec. 1800


Vision of Britain historical maps

Historical Newspapers

The following newspapers cover the Great Rissington area.

Gloucestershire Newspapers

Cheltenham Chronicle (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cheltenham Examiner (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cheltenham Journal and Gloucestershire Fashionable Weekly Gazette (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cheltenham Looker-On (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cheltenham Mercury (The British Newspaper Archive)

Cirencester Times and Cotswold Advertiser (The British Newspaper Archive)

Gloucester Citizen (The British Newspaper Archive)

Gloucester Journal (The British Newspaper Archive)

Gloucestershire Chronicle (The British Newspaper Archive)

Gloucestershire Echo (The British Newspaper Archive)

Stroud Journal (The British Newspaper Archive)

Stroud News and Gloucestershire Advertiser (The British Newspaper Archive)

Tewkesbury Register, and Agricultural Gazette., The (The British Newspaper Archive)

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard (The British Newspaper Archive)


Research Guide: Historical Research Using British Newspapers by Denise Bates


  • County: Gloucestershire
  • Civil Registration District: Stow on the Wold
  • Probate Court: Court of the Bishop of Gloucester (Episcopal Consistory)
  • Diocese: Pre 1836 – Gloucester, Post 1835 – Gloucester and Bristol
  • Rural Deanery: Stow
  • Poor Law Union: Stow on the Wold
  • Hundred: Slaughter
  • Province: Canterbury

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