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Dorney, Buckinghamshire

Historical Description

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.

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

Church Records

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.

Civil Registration

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:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Buckinghamshire papers online:

Visitations Heraldic

A full transcript of the Visitation of Buckinghamshire, 1634 is online

DistrictSouth Bucks
RegionSouth East
Postal districtSL4
Post TownWindsor