A Short History of Risley
The Domesday Book, 1086, records Risley as both Riseleia and Riselei.
The area immediately to the east of the Risley Memorial Village Hall is believed to be the last untouched area of the original settlement of Riselei.
Risley is cited by A D Mills in his Dictionary of English Place Names (Oxford University Press) as meaning "brushwood clearing", referring to the old English.
There are a number of historic buildings in Risley - All Saints Church was one of the few Churches to be built in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Some other buildings of note are Latin House, Latin School, English School, School House and Risley Hall - the latter now being a prestigious hotel with superb catering, conference and wedding facilities. This page and the linked page contain a selection of photographs of these buildings which it is hoped are of interest.
Many of the existing historical buildings within the village are connected to the
Willoughby family which acquired Risley in 1350.
The small Elizabethan church of All Saints was built by Michael Willougby and his wife Katherine, who also founded a free school. The Willoughbys
lived at Risley Hall opposite the church. The church is a rarity (one of just six in England) in that it be-longs to a period when most churches were being pulled down rather than being built. Inside, over the west arch, hangs a replica of the Royal Coat of Arms which survived when many of its contemporaries were destroyed.