Water Stratford is a small village in North Buckinghamshire lying midway between Buckingham and Brackley. It has a parish church dedicated to St Giles. An important early hymn-writer, John Mason, was Rector here from 1674 to 1694 and is buried somewhere in the churchyard. 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. Results of research into village history and transcripts of Parish Registers and Churchyard records are on this website, to which new information is frequently added (latest update 9th March 2014). Do let us know of any errors, or topics you would like to see developed.