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Beech Hill, Berkshire

Historical Description

Beech-Hill, a tithing and ecclesiastical parish formed in 1868 out of Stratfieldsaye parish, Berks, 6 miles S by W of Reading, under which there is a post office; money order and telegraph office, Stratfield Mortimer. Acreage, 950; population, 292. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net yearly value, £113 with residence. The church is a modern building of brick and flint in the Gothic style. There is also a Baptist chapel.

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 
Civil parishStratfield Saye 
Poor Law unionBasingstoke 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1868.


Church of England

St. Mary the Virgin (parish church)

The church of St. Mary the Virgin is a structure of brick and flint, erected in 1867 in the Gothic style of the 14th century, and consists of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and a wooden belfry containing 3 bells: there are ten stained windows and a font of various marbles: the church affords 220 sittings.


Baptist Chapel

There is a chapel for Baptists, founded in 1796, with 140 sittings and an endowment for the minister.

Civil Registration

Beech Hill was in Basingstoke Registration District from 1837 to 1878, Bradfield Registration District from 1879 to 1937, and Wokingham Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Beech Hill from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Beech Hill 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.

CountyWest Berkshire
RegionSouth East
Postal districtRG7
Post TownReading