Water Stratford is a very small village in North Buckinghamshire, midway between Buckingham and Brackley and about two miles south-west of Stowe. It lies on a Roman road, has evidence of Roman settlement, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. Its parish church is dedicated to St Giles. An important early hymn-writer, John Mason, who was Rector here from 1674 to 1694, is buried somewhere in the church or churchyard, and another nationally-known former Rector, Professor Joseph Bosworth, compiler of the first Anglo-Saxon dictionary in 1838, is also buried here in a well-preserved grave. This site includes both recent and past village history and transcripts of parish registers and churchyard records, and new information is frequently added (most recently 16th February 2017). From June 2015 the site map has been annotated with the date that a particular page was updated. Do let us know of any errors, or topics you would like to see developed.