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Speenhamland, Berkshire

Historical Description

Speenhamland, an ecclesiastical district forming part of the municipal borough of Newbury, Berks. It has been incorporated into the borough of Newbury for civil purposes. Population, 2113. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; gross value, £360 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Oxford. The church was built in 1830, and enlarged in 1879 by the addition of a new chancel.

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 parishSpeen 
Poor Law unionNewbury 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1831.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary, erected in 1831, is an edifice of stone in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave and north and south porches and a turret containing 2 bells: it was enlarged in 1879 by the addition of a new chancel, designed by the late G. E. Street esq. R.A. and the remainder of the building has been partially remodelled, at a total cost of £7,000; the nave and aisles were entirely rebuilt in 191I at a cost of over £5,000; a peculiarity of this church is that it stands due north and south, and is said to have been the first church in the diocese of Oxford built on a new site since the Reformation: there are 480 sittings.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Speenhamland from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Berkshire is available to browse.


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

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.

CountyWest Berkshire
RegionSouth East
Postal districtRG14
Post TownNewbury