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Description and History from 1868 Gazetteer

RUISLIP, (or Riselip), a parish in the hundred of Elthorne, county Middlesex, 4 miles N.E. of Uxbridge, its post town, and 4 from the Pinner railway station. It comprises the hamlets of Eastcott and North-Wood.

It is mentioned in Domesday Book as Rislepe, and was given by Ernulf de Hêding to Bec Abbey, in Normandy. At the suppression of alien priories it was seized by Henry IV. for his son John Duke of Bedford, and subsequently granted by Edward IV. to King's College, Cambridge. The village, which is considerable, is chiefly agricultural. There is some woodland and common. The Regent's Canal Company have a reservoir covering an area of 80 acres in this parish. The tithes were commuted for land and corn rents under an Enclosure Act in 1804. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of London, value £462, in the patronage of the Dean and Canons of Windsor. The church, dedicated to St. Martin, is an ancient structure with an oaken roof. It contains many ancient tombs and brasses, including that of Lady Banks, who defended Corfe Castle in 1643 for Charles I. There is also a district church at Norwood, or North-Wood, the living of which is a perpetual curacy,* value £30. The parochial charities produce about £54 per annum. Park Wood is the principal residence.

[Description(s) from "The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland" (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]
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[Last updated on 9 Oct 2003 by David Hawgood. ©2003]