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Charney Basset, Berkshire

Historical Description

Charney or Charney Basset, a township in Longworth parish, Berks, on the river Ock, 3½ miles S from Longworth village, and 5¼ NNW of Wantage Road station on the G.W.R., with a post office under Wantage. Acreage, 1209; population, 202. The living is a vicarage, annexed to the rectory of Longworth, in the diocese of Oxford. The church is an ancient building of stone, originally Norman, but greatly altered. The manor-house is a building interesting on account of its great antiquity.

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 parishLongworth 
Poor Law unionFarringdon 

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

Church Records

The registers of this chapel have entries of baptisms and burials from 1700 to 1812; and of marriages from 1754 to 1811, previous to which entries were made in the Longworth registers.


Church of England

St. Peter's Chapel

The chapel of St. Peter is an ancient edifice of stone of the Norman period, consisting of chancel, nave, north aisle, south porch and a Jacobean double bell-cot of stone containing 3 bells: the east window is Perpendicular; both doorways are Norman, that on the north side having a richly-carved tympanum, representing a robed figure between two grotesque animals, apparently griffins, within a border of addorsed scroll-work: the south doorway has a kind of cusped border, supporting rudely-carved heads, all within a cable moulding: the chancel arch is also Norman: the nave has a Perpendicular roof of low pitch and Transition Decorated windows: the font is plain Early English and there is a Perpendicular wooden pulpit: there are 100 sittings.


Wesleyan Chapel

There is a Wesleyan chapel.

Civil Registration

Charney Bassett 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 Charney Basset from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Charney Basset 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