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Chieveley, Berkshire

Historical Description

Chieveley, a village, a township, and a parish in Berks. The village stands 4¼ miles N by E from Newbury, and 2 NE from Hermitage station on the G.W.R. It has a post and money order office under Newbury; telegraph office, Hermitage station. The parish includes the chapelries of Oare and Winterbourne, and the hamlets of Curridge and Snelsmore. Acreage of Chieveley township, 5328; population, 1020; acreage of Winterbourne, 2112; population, 270. The living is a vicarage, united with the perpetual curacies of Curridge, Oare, and Winterbourne, in the diocese of Oxford; gross yearly value, £1235 with residence. The church is a building of rubble in the Early English style. There are also Baptist, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan chapels. The church at Oare is a plain building of stone in the Perpendicular style, and that at Winterbourne a building of flint and stone in the Early English style, with an embattled western tower of brick.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishChieveley St. Mary 
Poor Law unionNewbury 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1560.


Church of England

St. Mary the Virgin (parish church)

The church of St. Mary the Virgin is a plain building of rubble stone, partly in the Early English style, with some traces of Norman, and consists of chancel, nave of five bays, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower containing a clock and 6 bells: the east windows are stained: in the chancel and at the west end are various memorials to the Pocock family, and other memorials to Lucy Fincher, ob. 22nd March, 1667-8, and Catherine Stephens, d. 12th Oct. 1860; Rev. George Wyld, 48 years rector, d. New Year's day, 1837; and to Robert Hillman, gent., 1748; the nave was rebuilt in 1873, from the plans of Mr. J. W. Hugall, architect: in the chancel is an ancient rood frame from which the Lenten veil was anciently suspended: the churchyard, to which half an acre, the gift of W. Fisher esq, was added in the year 1894, is surrounded by elms, affords a fine view or the downs towards the west, and contains a massive tomb to Elizabeth, wife of Charles Long, ob. 1st Jan. 1767, and others to the families of Bathband, Halcomb, Lener, Basing, Preston, and Smallbone, and to Joseph White, 44 years parish clerk, d. 14 June, 1871: the chancel was restored in 1902 at the cost of the 1st and last Baron St. Helier P.C., G.C.B. (d. 1905): there are 600 sittings.


Baptist Chapel

There is a Baptist chapel.


Primitive Methodist Chapel

There is a Primitive Methodist chapel.

Wesleyan Chapel

There is a Wesleyan chapel.

Civil Registration

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

Chieveley was in Hungerford Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Chieveley from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Chieveley 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 districtRG20
Post TownNewbury