[From Samuel Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of England 1831.]
RISLEY, a parish in the hundred of STODDEN, county of BEDFORD, 5¼ miles (S.W. by W.) from Kimbolton, containing 790 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Bedford, and diocese of Lincoln, rated in the king's books at £8.7.6., and in the patronage of Lord St. John. The church is dedicated to All Saints. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists, and a Moravian establishment. A fair is held on Shrove Tuesday. Near Melchburne House, the seat of Lord St. John, are the remains of the old castle, from which the family derive their title.
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