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Beckett, Berkshire

Historical Description

Beckett, a tithing in Shrivenham parish, Berks, in the vicinity of the G.W.R., 5 miles SW of Faringdon. It was formerly called Becote; belonged once to the Earls of Evreux, then to the priory of Norion in Normandy; was seized, and made an occasional residence by King John, and passed afterwards to a family who took from it the name of De Beckote. It now belongs to Viscount Barrington. The present mansion on it superseded a large ancient manor-house, is a fine edifice in the Tudor style, and contains some interesting paintings and the chess-pieces of Charles I. The grounds, extending over 150 acres, are very picturesque and beautiful.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyBerkshire 
Civil parishShrivenham 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Visitations Heraldic

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