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Ardington, Berkshire

Historical Description

Ardington, a parish in Berkshire, on an affluent of the Thames, near the Wilts and Berks Canal, 2 miles E of Wantage, and 3½ SE of Wantage Road station on the G.W.R. It has a post and telegraph office under Wantage. Area of the parish, 2693 acres; population of the civil parish, 496; of the ecclesiastical, 432. Ardington House was the residence of Clarke the antiquary, and the seat of Robert Vernon, who collected here the Vernon Gallery of pictures, which he made over to the nation by deed of gift in 1847. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net yearly value, £209. Patron, Christ's Church, Oxford. The church is a structure of stone in the Early English style. It was restored and enlarged at the cost of Lord Wantage in 1887.

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 parishArdington The Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionWantage 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1674.


Church of England

The Holy Trinity (parish church)

The church of the Holy Trinity is a building of stone, chiefly in the Early English style, with portions of Norman and Decorated work, and consists of chancel, nave of four bays, south aisle, north porch, and a low tower on the south side, with an octagonal broach spire containing 6 bells. The interior is enriched with some fine carved work in wood and stone, besides several stained windows and a monument with bust to Mr. Vernon, who died in London, May 22, 1849, and is buried in the church: the church was restored and enlarged in 1887 at a cost of £3,500, defrayed by Lord Wantage and by the Rev. Canon H. E. Trotter M.A. (vicar 1884-99), and Mrs. Trotter, who decorated the chancel and presented the carved font cover: there are 250 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Ardington was in Wantage Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Ardington from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Ardington 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 districtOX12
Post TownWantage