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Winslow cum Shipton, Buckinghamshire

Historical Description

Winslow-cum-Shipton, a market and union town and a parish in Bucks. The town stands on the brow of a hill, adjacent to the Oxford and Bletchley branch of the L. & N.W.R., on which it has a station, 6½ miles SE of Buckingham. It was given in 794 by King Offa to St Alban's Abbey, and now comprises three neat well-built streets, with a central market-place. It has a head post office, a bank, a good inn, and a police station. Acreage of parish, 1920; population, 1704. The manor, with most of the land, belongs to the Selby-Lowndes family. Lace-making was formerly carried on to a great extent, but the industry has become extinct. A market for corn is held every Wednesday, and for live stock on the first and third Wednesday in each month. Statute fairs are held on the Wednesday before 11 Oct. and the two following Wednesdays. Winslow Hall and Redfield are chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net value, £216 with residence, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch, and an embattled western tower. It was thoroughly restored in 1884, and a new aisle was added in 1889. There are a Congregational and two Baptist chapels.

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 CountyBuckinghamshire 
Ecclesiastical parishWinslow St. Lawrence 
Poor Law unionWinslow 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1560.


Church of England

St. Laurence (parish church)

The church of St. Laurence, originally erected in the 13th century, is a building of stone; chiefly in the Perpendicular style, consisting of a large chancel, clerestoried nave of four bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower containing a clock and 6 bells retuned and one recast in 1929: the triple sedilia, on the south side of the chancel, are canopied, and adorned with the emblems of the Evangelists: a mutilated piscina found built up in the south chancel wall, has been restored and refixed: on the north side is a brass, with effigies, to Thomas Figge, 1578, his wife and seven children; and on the south another to Dorothy Barnard, 1634: in 1939, when removing the font of Caen stone, which was erected 60 years ago, the bowl of the old 14th century font was discovered; this was restored by his children to the memory of Norman McCorquodale esq. of Winslow Hall: there are several memorial windows, including one erected in 1897 to Mr. H. R. Lambton, of Redfield, one in 1939 representing The Last Supper, after Leonardo da Vinci, to Norman McCorquodale esq. and others to Mr. Herbert Bullock, Mrs. H. R. Lambton and Mr. and Mrs. John Grace: the church was thoroughly restored in 1884, when the galleries were removed, the roofs renewed in oak, the floors relaid, the porch partially rebuilt and furnished with a canopied niche, containing a figure of St. Laurence: the reredos is entirely of oak, beautifully wrought in panels and gilt: a new aisle on the north side of the chancel was erected in 1889: in 1913 a new organ was provided: there are 400 sittings.

Civil Registration

Winslow was in Winslow Registration District from 1837 to 1935

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Winslow cum Shipton from the following:

Land and Property

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


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

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

DistrictAylesbury Vale
RegionSouth East
Postal districtMK18
Post TownBuckingham