"RISELEY, (or Risley), a parish in the hundred of Stodden, county Bedford, 9 miles south east of Higham Ferrers, its post town, and 5½ south west of Kimbolton. The village, which is situated in a valley, is chiefly agricultural. The soil is of a clayey nature, but fertile. The land is divided between rich pasture and arable. The surface is undulating, and is traversed by the road from Leeds to Kimbolton. The impropriate tithes belong to Lord St. John, and the glebe consists of 26 acres. The living is a via* in the diocese of Ely, value £177. The church, dedicated to All Saints, has a square embattled tower containing five bells. There is a National school for both sexes. The Wesleyans, Moravians, and Baptists, have places of worship. Lord St. John, of Melchbowrne House, is lord of the manor. Near the modern mansion are the remains of the old castle, from which the family of St. John derive their title. A fair is held on Shrove Tuesday.
"CROOK CORNER, a hamlet in the parish of Riseley, county of Bedfordshire, adjoining and to the north east of Riseley."
"TOP END, a hamlet in the parish of Riseley, county of Bedfordshire, adjoining and to the south of Riseley."
by Colin Hinson ©2013
- The 1851 Census Index for Riseley can be found in the 1851 Index to Census of Bedfordshire, Volume 1, Book 1 available from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- Here are photographs of Churches etc. in the parish:
- All Saints Church, Riseley.
- Church of England
- The church of All Saints is a noble edifice of stone, in the Early English, Decorated and Perpendicular styles, consisting of chancel, nave with clerestory, a large south aisle of almost the same width as the nave, south porch and an embattled western tower of Perpendicular date, with pinnacles, containing 3 bells rehung in May, 1891, and a striking clock: the church was restored and an organ chamber built in 1891, and it will now seat about 400 persons. The register dates from the year 1569. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Here are Wesleyan, Baptist and Moravian chapels. [Kelly's Directory - Bedfordshire - 1898]
- Church of England
- The parish record transcripts for All Saints are available on microfiche for the period 1569-1812 from the Bedfordshire Family History Society.
- A transcript of the Riseley parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1831 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Riseley parish entries from Samuel Lewis's 1835 Topographical Dictionary of England,
- A transcript of the Riseley parish entries from The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1866-9
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Riseley to another place.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TL038622 (Lat/Lon: 52.2482, -0.480992), Riseley which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
- The BFHS Project in conjunction with Roll of Honour contains the Riseley War Memorial transcription, with details of the men found on it.