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Appleton, Berkshire

Historical Description

Appleton, a village and a parish in Berkshire. The village stands near the Upper Thames, 5 miles NW of Abingdon station on the G.W.R., and has a post and money order office under Abingdon, which is the telegraph office. The parish includes also the township of Eaton. Acreage, 2077; population, 532. The Fettiplaces had an old seat here, which is now reduced to a fragment, with remains of a moat The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford; net yearly value, £330 with residence, in the gift of Magdalen College, Oxford. The church is a plain stone building in the Early English style, the chancel being 15th century. The tower contains a fine peal of ten bells. The nave was restored in 1883. The church has a Jacobean tomb of Sir J. Fettiplace, and a brass of a skeleton (1518). There is also a small Wesleyan chapel. The manor house is supposed to have been built in the reign of Henry II.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishAppleton St. Lawrence 
Poor Law unionAbingdon 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1569.


Church of England

St. Lawrence (parish church)

The church of St. Lawrence is a plain edifice of stone, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisle, south chapel, north and south porches, and an embattled western tower containing 10 bells and a clock striking the hours: in the church are several memorials to the families of the former lords of the manor, including one to Sir Joseph Fettiplace, who was knighted by Queen Elizabeth at Woodstock, in 1575, during one of her "progresses" and died in 1593; there is also a brass, with emaciated effigy in a shroud, to John Midrington, gent. 1518, and his wife Dorothe, who after his death, "toke relygyon in ye monastary of Syon:" the church was partially restored in 1883 at a cost of £676: there are 250 sittings.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Appleton with Eaton was in Abingdon Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Appleton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Appleton 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.

DistrictVale of White Horse
RegionSouth East
Postal districtOX13
Post TownAbingdon