A number of early burials took place inside the church including :

  • Henry Tomlyns, 1491
  • Thomas Palmer, 1518
  • Edmund Cox, 1820
  • William Selby Lowndes, 1840

By the middle of the 19th century, the practice of burial inside churches was discontinued for reasons of hygiene but some memorial stones continued to be laid. One of these is a memorial to 2nd Lt. Charles Vaizey of the Royal Flying Corps who was killed in France in 1916, and is buried there. The citation on the memorial stone says that"Although mortally wounded he brought his machine and observer safely back to his own aerodrome."

The area immediately surrounding the church contains many old graves with the oldest gravestone that of John Watts in 1692. It was closed to fresh burials early in the 20th century. In 1972 most of the gravestones were removed or laid flat for reasons of safety and maintenance.
An extension to the main churchyard was opened in the 1920s when Norman McCorquodale of Winslow Hall donated a piece of land lying between the path to the north west of the church and Vicarage Road. This had formerly been a bowling green and is still in use today for burials and cremation memorials. A plan of the burial plots in the extension churchyard (as at October 2014) is available here. You will need Adobe Reader to open the file - click here to download it for free if you don't already have it on your computer.
There is a further graveyard on Furze Lane operated by Winslow Town Council.  A plan of the burial plots in this graveyard (as at December 2014) is available here. You will need Adobe Reader to open the file - click here to download it for free if you don't already have it on your computer.


The Buckinghamshire Family History Society has a Burials Database which contains details of almost 200,000 burials in Buckinghamshire, including some at St Laurence between 1560 and 1901. The database is searchable for a charge. The society also has a Monumental Inscriptions Database which too is searchable for a charge but at the present time only records inscriptions on the War Memorial in the High Street. Contact Bucks FHS for further details of these databases.


The registers held in the church for Baptisms, Marriages and Burials give details from these dates :
- Baptisms (Christenings), 13th Dec 1987
- Marriages, 30th July 1994
- Burials, 23rd August 1930


The Winslow public library (in Winslow Centre, Avenue Road) holds reference copies of old Parish Registers for:

- Baptisms between 1560 and 1715
- Marriages between 1560 and 1736
- Burials between 1560 and 1715
Also local census returns for 1851 and 1881 and
Directories of Winslow between 1798 and 1939.


For other records apply to Bucks County Council, Registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages. They can be reached at The Register Office, Bucks County Offices, Walton Street, Aylesbury, Bucks, UK, HP20 1XF.
Tel: (01296) 385000, (Switchboard - ask for Register Office)
Fax. (01296) 382675


Our local Family History Society is the Buckinghamshire FHS. It encourages the study of family history in Buckinghamshire, catering both for those with Bucks ancestry (wherever they may be living) and for those living locally whose ancestors may have lived elsewhere. Much information is available online (some chargeable) and the link to their pages relating specifically to the parish of St Laurence, Winslow is here


GenUKI is a reference library of genealogical information relevant to the UK and Ireland. It includes a page on Winslow with extensive historical, census and photographic details.


There is now an excellent website at www.winslow-history.org.uk which traces the history of the town from earliest documented records to more recent times.  It includes details of early inhabitants of Winslow through transcribed copies of early wills, profiles and obituaries of prominent local people and oral histories of more recent townspeople.