Shippon, a township in Abingdon St. Helen civil parish, Berks, and an ecclesiastical parish in the civil parish of St Helen (formed under the Local Government Act of 1894), 1 mile WNW of Abingdon station on the G.W.R. . Post town and money order and telegraph office, Abingdon. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1865. Population, 173. The manor and the whole of the land belong to the Duchy of Cornwall. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net value, £97 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Oxford. The church, erected in 1855 from designs by the late Sir G. Gilbert Scott, R.A., is a building of stone in the Decorated style.
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.
The register dates from the year 1855.
Church of England
St. Mary Magdalene (parish church)
The church of St. Mary Magdalene is a building of stone in the Decorated style, from designs by the late Sir G. Gilbert Scott R.A.: it was consecrated December, 1855, and consists of chancel, nave, north porch and a western turret with crocheted spire containing one bell: there are 183 sittings. In the churchyard, at the east end, is an altar tomb with open arcading, to the Rev. William Alder Strange D.D. first Boden Sanscrit scholar at Oxford University, head master of Abingdon school, 1840-68, and sometime vicar of Bishop Middleham, Durham, d. 17 April, 1874.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Shippon from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Shippon)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Berkshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Shippon 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.