Wickham, a tithing in Welford parish, Berks, 5½ miles NW of Newbury. It forms a chapelry, annexed to Welford, and it has a church rebuilt, with the exception of the tower, in 1846-49.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Newbury|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Church of England
The church of St. Swithin is a building of squared flint, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, aisles, south porch and an embattled western tower containing one bell, and, with the exception of the tower, was entirely rebuilt in 1845-9, from designs by Mr. Benjamin Ferrey, at the sole cost of the Rev. William Nicholson, a former rector, in a kind of 14th century style, with a profusion of ornamental carving: in the chancel are two sedilia: the east window is in memory of former rectors and the north window is to Mrs. Selina Powel: the tower is the only portion of the ancient church now remaining, and may possibly belong to the close of the 11th century; it has a balustered belfry window and quoins which appear like Saxon long and short work; the walls are of great thickness and the masonry consists of alternate layers of flint and mortar about three inches thick: the new work has been executed in the most sumptuous manner, and the sculpture of the foliage on the capitals and bosses is particularly good: a handsome font-cover, from the Exhibition of 1862, was presented to the church by Lieut.-Col. Nicholson: the roof was re-tiled in 1891: there are 150 sittings.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Wickham from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Wickham)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Berkshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Wickham 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.