Marlstone, a tithing in Bucklebury parish, Berks, 2 miles W from Bucklebury village. Marlstone House is the seat of the Palmers. There is a chapel of ease, and the tithing ranks as a chapelry, annexed to the vicarage of Bucklebury, in the diocese of Oxford.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
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Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Church of England
The chapel, built by Sir Geoffrey Martel, a descendant of the Taillefers, Counts of Angouléme, is a building of flint and rubble, originally in the Norman style and consisting of chancel, nave, south porch, vestry with a Norman doorway, and an eastern bell turret containing one bell; it contains some monuments to the Bunbury family, and on the south wall is a sun dial with the motto, "Life as the shade doth fly and fade"; in 1901 a stained east window was erected to the memory of the late George Palmer esq. who died in 1897; the chapel was thoroughly restored in 1855 by the late Henry Mill Bunbury esq. of Marlston House, under the direction of Mr. W. Butterfield, architect; and in 1901 it was renovated and considerably enlarged by the late Rt. Hon. G. W. Palmer P.C., J.P. under the direction of Mr. Slingsby Stallwood F.S.A. architect, of Reading, at a cost of £2,000.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Marlstone from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Marlston)
Land and Property
Marlston House is a mansion of brick in the Elizabethan style, entirely rebuilt during the period 1895-9.
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Berkshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Marlstone 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:
The Visitations of Berkshire 1532, 1566, and 1665-6 is available online.