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Great Rissington, Gloucestershire

Historical Description

Rissington, Great, a village and a parish in Gloucestershire, between the river Windrush and the boundary with Oxfordshire, 5 miles SSE of Bourton-on-the Water station on the G.W.R., and 5 NW of Burford. There is a post office under Bourton-on-the Water (S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Sherborne. Acreage, 2493; population, 419. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol; gross value, £650 with residence. The church is variously Norman, Early English, Decorated, and Perpendicular. It contains a monument of 1621 and two piscinae. There is a Primitive Methodist chapel.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyGloucestershire 
Ecclesiastical parishRissington St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionStow-on-the-Wold 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Great Rissington 1538-1913, Gloucestershire is available to browse online.

The registers are perfect from the year 1538.

The Gloucestershire Parish Registers are available online at Ancestry, in association with Gloucestershire Archives.


Church of England

St. John the Baptist (parish church)

The church of St. John the Baptist is an ancient building of stone, in the Norman, Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave, transepts, south porch and a central embattled tower containing 6 bells: in the south transept is a small monument to John Barnard, 1621, with kneeling figures in low relief of himself and his wife: the north transept retains a piscina and niche with traces of colour, and there are other traces round a window: the stained east window was erected as a memorial to Katherine Emily, wife of S. Lyle esq. of Londonderry, and daughter of the Rev. and Hon. H. Rice B.A. rector 1856-96: in the chancel is another piscina: since 1873, the tower, south transept and other portions of the fabric, have been thoroughly restored, and the church now affords sittings for 200 persons.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Great Rissington from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Gloucestershire is available to browse.


Online maps of Great Rissington are available from a number of sites:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Gloucestershire online:

Visitations Heraldic

The Visitation of the county of Gloucester, 1623 is available on the Heraldry page.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtGL54
Post TownCheltenham