Ashampstead, a parish in Berks, 5 miles SW of Pangbourne station on the G.W.R., and 11 W by N of Reading, under which it has a post office; money order and telegraph office, Bradfield. Acreage, 2082; population, 328. Part of the land is common. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; yearly value, £55. The church is a small edifice in the Early English and Perpendicular styles. There are Baptist and Primitive Methodist chapels.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Ashampstead St. Clement|
|Poor Law union||Bradfield|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Church of England
St. Clement (parish church)
The church of St. Clement is a plain structure in the Early Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western tower of wood containing one bell, which bears the inscription "Henry Knight made mee, 1671:" it was thoroughly repaired in 1849, and again in 1894, under the direction of the late A. Waterhouse esq. R.A.; in 1897 some interesting paintings were disclosed on the north wall and over the chancel arch, and others were discovered in 1913: there are 160 sittings. A new east window was erected in 1910 by Mrs. Morrell, in memory of her husband, the late George Herbert Morrell esq. J.P.: a vestry was added in 1908 in memory of the late William Dewe esq. of Haw, Hampstead Norris.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Ashampstead was in Bradfield Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Wokingham Registration District from 1937 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Ashampstead from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Ashampstead)
- Kelly's Directory of Berkshire, 1915
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Berkshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Ashampstead 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.