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East Challow, Berkshire

Historical Description

Challow, East, a township and an ecclesiastical parish in the civil parish of Letcombe-Regis, Berks, on the Berks and Wilts Canal, 1 mile WNW of Wantage, with a station on the G.W.R. Post town, Wantage; money order and telegraph office, Wantage. Acreage, 1657; population of the township, 496; of the ecclesiastical parish, including West Challow, 599. There are extensive agricultural implement works. The living is a vicarage, united with that of West Challow, in the diocese of Oxford; net yearly value, £255 with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Oxford. The church, a small building of stone in mixed styles, was restored in 1858.

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 parishLetcomb Regis 
Poor Law unionWantage 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1712.


Church of England

St Nicolas (parish church)

The church of St. Nicolas is a small edifice of stone, consisting of chancel, nave, south aisle, and a small tower (built in 1884) and containing 2 bells and a clock added in 1911, in commemoration of the coronation of His Majesty King George V.; the Decorated east window, of three lights, has flowing tracery; the chancel arch is Early English, and the nave is separated from the aisle by an arcade of three good arches of the same period; the aisle is modern; the west doorway is modern, but has an Early English stoup on the south side; the font is plain and cylindrical; the church was enlarged and restored in 1858, when many details of the old building were destroyed, and much of its beauty marred: there are 165 sittings.

Civil Registration

East Challow was in Wantage Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for East Challow from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of East Challow 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