Hambleden (St. Mary)
HAMBLEDEN (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Henley, hundred of Desborough, county of Buckingham, 4 miles (W.) from Marlow; containing 1241 inhabitants. In 1664, during the civil war, Greenland House, in the parish, was fortified for the king; and after sustaining a long and severe siege from the parliamentary army under Major-General Brown, the garrison surrendered, the place itself having been reduced to a heap of ruins. Here was formerly a market on Monday, granted in 1315, and a fair on the festival of St. Bartholomew, in 1321. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £35, and in the gift of Lord Colborne: the tithes have been commuted for £1200, and the glebe comprises 40 acres. The church is a handsome edifice, containing three stone stalls and a circular font, richly ornamented, together with some interesting monuments. At Lane-End is a separate incumbency. There is a place of worship for Independents. A sum of £18. 10., arising from bequests, is annually divided among the poor.