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Wraysbury, Buckinghamshire

Historical Description

Wyrardisbury or Wraysbury, a village and a parish in Bucks, on the river Thames, and on the L. & S.W.R., 2½ miles NW of Staines, with a post, money order, and telegraph office under Staines, and a railway station. Acreage, 1679; population, 660. There is a parish council consisting of five members. Remenham House, Magna Charta Island, Wraysbury House, and Ankerwyke House are chief residences. A hunting lodge of King John was here, and a portion of it still stands, and is now a farmhouse. A Benedictine nunnery was founded on the Ankerwyke estate in the time of Henry II., and has left some remains. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net value, £175. Patrons, the Dean and Canons of Windsor. The church is a very ancient building in the Early English and later styles, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, and a western tower with spire. It has some ancient brasses and monuments.

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 parishWyrardisbury St. Andrew 
Poor Law unionEton 

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

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CountyWindsor and Maidenhead
RegionSouth East
Postal districtTW19
Post TownStaines-Upon-Thames