East Challow, Berkshire
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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Civil parish||Letcomb Regis|
|Poor Law union||Wantage|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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.
East Challow was in Wantage Registration District from 1837 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for East Challow from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Challow, East)
- Kelly's Directory of Berkshire, 1915
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:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Berkshire papers online:
The Visitations of Berkshire 1532, 1566, and 1665-6 is available online.