Rotherfield Greys

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Rotherfield Greys
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St Nicholas' parish church
Rotherfield Greys is located in Oxfordshire
Rotherfield Greys
Rotherfield Greys
Location within Oxfordshire
Area7.73 km2 (2.98 sq mi)
Population350 (2011 census)[1]
• Density45/km2 (120/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU725825
Civil parish
  • Rotherfield Greys
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHenley-on-Thames
Postcode districtRG9
Dialling code01491
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°32′13″N 0°57′14″W / 51.537°N 0.954°W / 51.537; -0.954Coordinates: 51°32′13″N 0°57′14″W / 51.537°N 0.954°W / 51.537; -0.954

Rotherfield Greys is a village and civil parish in the Chiltern Hills in South Oxfordshire. It is 2 miles (3 km) west of Henley-on-Thames and just over 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Rotherfield Peppard (locally known as Peppard). It is linked by a near-straight minor road to Henley.


The Domesday Book of 1086 mentions Rotherfield Greys under the ownership of the Normans knight Anchetil de Greye and in a period when the county was administered in hundreds, in Binfield Hundred.[2] Rotherfield derives from the Old English redrefeld meaning "cattle lands". Around 1347, a castle was built at Rotherfield Greys; it is now in ruins. The parish church includes the 16th-century Knollys Chapel, which houses an ornate tomb of the Knollys family. This includes effigies of Sir Francis Knollys and his wife, who was lady-in-waiting to Queen Elizabeth I.


The Church of England parish church of Saint Nicholas[3] is Norman and was restored in 1865.[4] The village has a public house, The Maltsters Arms, which is owned by W.H. Brakspear & Sons.[5] The current landlord is Gary Clarke. French-trained Chef & front man of The Cureheads.


In the parish is Greys Court, whose predecessor was the manor house of the Grey family. It is owned and maintained by the National Trust and its Dower House is likewise in the top category of Grade I listed building.[6] As to other buildings, ruins, and monuments, 31 are listed in the parish for historic or architectural merit, most in the Grade II starting category.



  1. ^ "Area: Rotherfield Greys CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  2. ^ Open Domesday Online: Rotherfield Greys
  3. ^ St. Nicholas' Church, Rotherfield Greys
  4. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 734.
  5. ^ The Maltsters Arms
  6. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1181202)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 1 May 2016.


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