Dorney, a village and a parish in Bucks, on the north bank of the river Thames, at the boundary with Berks, near the G.W.R., 2 miles SE from Taplow station, and 2 W from Eton, with a post and money order office under Windsor; telegraph office, Eton. Acreage, 1133; population of the civil parish, 281; of the ecclesiastical, 340. Dorney Court is the seat of the Palmer family. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net yearly value, £58 with residence, in the gift of Sir Charles James Palmer, Bart. The church has a fine tower.
The parish register dates from the year 1538
Church of England
St. James (parish church)
The parish church of St. James consists of chancel, nave, north chapel, south porch, and an embattled western tower of the Tudor period, containing 4 bells; portions of the church date from the 12th century; there is a west gallery, bearing the date 1634; the font is Norman: the east window is stained; in the north chapel is a fine monument with effigies of Sir William Garrard kt. ob. Nov. 17, 1607, his wife and their 15 children; under the gallery is a small stained glass window which contains a picture of Charles I. inserted in his honour in accordance with the will of J. H. Moriarty, Lieut. R.G.A. who was killed in action in 1915; there is a litany desk presented to the church in memory of five men connected with the parish who fell in the Great War, 1914-18; on this desk is a brass plate with the names of the men inscribed: there are 100 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Dorney was in Eton Registration District from 1837 to 1974
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Buckinghamshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Dorney 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