Balking, or Baulking, anciently Betkelking, a village and a parish in Berks. The Uffington Junction station on the G.W.R. is in this parish, from which there is a branch to Faringdon, which is 4 miles SSE. It was formerly a market-town, and its post town is Faringdon; money order and telegraph office, Uffington. Acreage, 1580; population of the civil parish, 183; of the ecclesiastical, 335. The living is a vicarage united to Woolstone, in the diocese of Oxford; gross value, £56 with residence. The church is an ancient building of stone in the Early English style.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Farringdon|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The registers date from the year 1846, previous to which they were kept at the mother church at Uffington.
Church of England
St. Nicholas (parish church)
The church of St. Nicholas is a small but ancient edifice of stone in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave and a western turret containing 2 bells; the chancel arch, supported on open buttresses, forms a kind of screen, and there is a canopied piscina and sedilia; the stairs to the rood loft also remain; on the south side is a marble slab inscribed to Ann Frances (Josselyn), wife of the Rev. Francis Rose D.D. vicar here, died 4th May, 1870; on the north side a memorial to Robert Grove, gent. ob. 30th May, 1698, Margaret his wife and four children; there are also monuments, with arms to George Champion, gent. ob. 26 September, 1722; and to Thomas Champion, of London, ob. 23rd March, 1724; there are also inscribed floor stones to the Hyde family, 1743-82; the font is ancient and octagonal: there are 100 sittings.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Baulking was in Wantage Registration District from 1837 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Baulking from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Baulking)
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Berkshire is available to browse.
Online maps of Baulking 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.