Warfield, Berkshire

Historical Description

Warfield, a large parish in Berks, 2 ½ miles NNE of Bracknell station on the L. & S.W.R., 5 ENE of Wokingham, and 9 SW from Windsor. It includes part of Bracknell, which has a head post office. Acreage, 3435; population, 2273. For parish council purposes it is divided into two wards, Warfield and Bracknell, the former returning five and the latter six members to the council. The manor belongs to Lord Braybrooke. Warfield Hall is a pleasant country mansion standing in a park of about 160 acres. The liviny is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net value, £126. The church is an ancient edifice of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, N aisle, S porch, and an embattled western tower. It was most successfully restored in 1874 from designs by the late Mr Street. The vicarage of Bracknell is a separate benefice.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5

Administration

Ancient County Berkshire
Hundred Wargrave
Poor Law union Easthampstead

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.


Church Records

Of the earlier register, dating from 1666, only copies now exist, the originals having been destroyed by fire in 1833.


Churches

Church of England

St. Michael the Archangel (parish church)

The church of St. Michael the Archangel is an ancient building of stone in the Early English style, of which it is considered a fine specimen; it consists of chancel, nave of four bays, north aisle, south porch, and an embattled western tower containing 8 bells: the tower was restored in 1913 by Field-Marshal Sir Charles Henry Brownlow G.C.B. the old bells being recast and 3 new ones added: the church was thoroughly restored in 1876 under the direction of the late G. E. Street esq. R.A. at a cost of about £3,000, raised by subscription; the interior is relieved by a very handsome carved oak screen with delicate tracery; it contains also a monument to Sir John Benn Walsh bart. of Ormathwaite, Cumberland, who died June 7, 1825, and several other fine monuments of some antiquity: there are 270 sittings. The churchyard was wholly closed against interments January 1, 1867; a new portion was added to the burial ground in 1887.


Civil Registration

Warfield was in Easthampstead Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Windsor Registration District from 1937 to 1967


Directories & Gazetteers

Transcript of the entry for Warfield (St. Michael) from Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848


Maps

Online maps of Warfield are available from a number of sites:

Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
Google Streetview.
National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)


Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Berkshire papers online:


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Berkshire 1532, 1566, and 1665-6 is available online.