Islip  Oxfordshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Islip like this:

ISLIP, a village and a parish in Bicester district, Oxford. The village stands on the river Ray, near its influx to the Cherwell, and adjacent to the Oxford and Bletchley railway, 6 miles NNE of Oxford; and has a station on the railway, and a post office under Oxford. The parish comprises 1, 960 acres. ...

Real property, £4, 134. Pop., 688. Houses, 158. The manor was known to the Saxons as Githslepe; belonged, in King Ethelred's time, to the Crown; was given, by Edward the Confessor, to the abbot and monks of Westminster; and belongs now to the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. The manor house or palace was the birthplace of Edward the Confessor; was, for a short time in 1326, the residence of Isabel of France; and afterwards went so completely to decay that the vestiges of it were matter of modern discovery. A chapel connected with it stood, as a barn, till 1780; and a font, removed from that chapel, and now at Middleton-Stony, is said to have been the font in which Edward the Confessor was baptized. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £398.* Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Westminster. The church is variously transition-Norman, decorated English, and later English; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with handsome tower; and was restored, in 1861, at a cost of about £1, 800. The churchyard contains the grave, and a granite monument, of Dr. Buckland. There are a Wesleyan chapel and a Free school. Bishop Ravis, Dean Vincent, Aglionby, a translator of the Bible, and Heylin, the author of the "Cosmographie, " were rectors.

Islip through time

Islip is now part of Cherwell district. Click here for graphs and data of how Cherwell has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Islip itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Islip, in Cherwell and Oxfordshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 04th August 2021

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