Choulesbury or Cholesbury, a parish in Bucks, on the verge of the county, 3 miles S of Tring, and 3½ SW of Tring station on the L. & N.W.R. It has a post office under Tring, which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 178; population, 95. An ancient moated camp here, called Bury-Banks, is about a mile in circuit. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net yearly value, £90. Patrons, Trustees. The church stands within the camp, and is an edifice of flint in the Early English and Decorated styles.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Choulesbury St. Lawrence|
|Poor Law union||Aylesbury|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Cholesbury 1576-1812, Buckinghamshire is available to browse online.
The parish register dates from the year 1583.
Church of England
St. Lawrence (parish church)
The parish church of St. Lawrence, formerly a chapel of ease to Drayton Beauchamp, is an edifice of dressed flint in the Early English and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western turret containing one bell: the east, west and south windows are stained: the south porch has an Early English doorway: some pieces of the old font of the same date are now placed at the entrance to the churchyard under the yew arch: there is a piscina in the chancel: the church was restored in 1873: there are 110 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Cholesbury was in Aylesbury Registration District from 1837 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Cholesbury from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Choulesbury (St. Lawrence))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Buckinghamshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Cholesbury are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Buckinghamshire papers online:
A full transcript of the Visitation of Buckinghamshire, 1634 is online