Place:Great Rissington, Gloucestershire, England

NameGreat Rissington
Alt namesRisedunesource: Domesday Book (1985) p 113
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.85°N 1.717°W
Located inGloucestershire, England
See alsoSlaughter (hundred), Gloucestershire, Englandhundred in which the parish is located
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog

Great Rissington is a village and civil parish in Gloucestershire, England. Since 1974 it is situated in the Cotswold District.

A 19th century description

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Stoke Gifford from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"RISSINGTON (Great), a parish, with a village, in Stow-on-the-Wold [registration] district, Gloucester; between the river Windrush and the boundary with Gloucester, 3¼ miles S S E of Bourton-on-the-Water [railway] station, and 5 N W of Burford. Post-town, Burford, under Faringdon. Acres: 2,420. Real property: £3,896. Population: 499. Houses: 112. The manor belongs to Lord Dynevor. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Gloucester and Bristol. Value: £800. Patron: Lord Dynevor. The church is variously Norman, early English, decorated, and perpendicular. There are a slightly endowed national school, and charities £12."

Registration Districts

Stow-on-the-Wold (1837 - 1937)
North Cotswold (1937 - 2006)
Gloucestershire (2006 - )

Research Tips

Online sources which may also be helpful:

  • Great Rissington from A History of the County of Gloucester: Volume 6/Slaughter hundred in the Victoria County History series provided by the website British History Online
  • GENUKI gives pointers to other archive sources as well as providing some details on each parish in the county. The emphasis here is on ecclesiastical parishes (useful before 1837)
  • A listing of all the Registration Districts in England and Wales since their introduction in 1837 and tables of the parishes that were part of each district and the time period covered with detailed notes on changes of parish name, mergers, etc. Respect the copyright on this material.
  • The FamilySearch Wiki for Gloucestershire provides a similar but not identical series of webpages to that provided by GENUKI
  • A Vision of Britain through Time has a group of pages of statistical facts for almost every parish in the county