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Bourton, Berkshire

Historical Description

Bourton, a township and a parish in Berks, on the Wilts and Berks Canal, about 1 mile SW of Shrivenham station on the G.W.R., and 7 miles SW of Faringdon. Post town, Shrivenham (R.S.O.), which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage of township, 1260; population, 260. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; gross value, £96, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor. The church, built in 1861, is an edifice of stone in the Decorated style. There is a Baptist chapel and there are six almshouses. Bourton House is a chief residence.

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 parishShrivenham 
Poor Law unionFarringdon 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1860.


Church of England

St. James (parish church)

The church of St. James, built by public subscription on a site given by Thomas Tucker esq. who also contributed £500 to its erection, is an edifice of stone in the Decorated style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western bell-gable containing 2 bells: the organ, presented by the first vicar, was opened May 22nd, 1881: in 1907 a vestry was built on the north aide, and heating apparatus provided, at a cost of about £300: the church was restored in 1873, and affords 140 sittings: a churchyard, the gift of Mr. J. T. Painton Smith, was provided in 1897.

Civil Registration

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

Bourton was in Faringdon Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Wantage Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Bourton from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Bourton 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 districtSN6
Post TownSwindon