Princes Risborough in 1836
Princes Risborough is a small town in the hundred of Aylesbury, about 37 m. W.N.W. of London, on a bye-road from High Wycombe to Thame. Population in 1831, 2,122. It has a market, formerly held on Saturday, but now on Thursday, but very little business is done ; also a fair on the 6th of May. The town is supposed to have received its name from Edward the Black Prince, who had, according to the tradition of the inhabitants, a residence here. A spacious moat, now dry, in a field adjoining the churchyard, is thought to surround the site of this house. The living is a perpetual curacy. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, contains some curious monuments ; it has been lately enlarged. There are places of worship for Baptists and Methodists.