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Finchampstead, Berkshire

Historical Description

Finchampstead, a parish in Berks, near the river Blackwater, the boundary with Hants, 4 miles SSW of Wokingham, and 2 from the Wellington College station on the S.E.R. It was known to the Saxons as Flinchamstede, and it formerly had a cattle fair on the first Wednesday of April. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Wokingham. Acreage, 3943; population, 680. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford; gross value, £438. The church is partly Norman with a square tower. There is a Baptist chapel and charities £22.

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 parishFinchampstead St. James 
Poor Law unionWokingham 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1653.


Church of England

St. James (parish church)

The church of St. James is an ancient fabric, partly Norman, consisting of chancel, with semi-circular apse, nave of two bays, north aisle, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 6 bells, the sixth bell having been added Dec. 8th, 1885, by voluntary subscriptions of the parishioners, to celebrate the 80th birthday of the Rev. Edward St. John LL.B. rector, 1840-92: in the church are various monuments, a curious brass to Elizabeth, daughter and heir to John Taylor, of Finchampstead, gent. and wife of John Blighe, ob. 1635, and to her daughter, Jane; and another brass to the wife of the Rev. Edward St. John, d. 1850: the church was thoroughly repaired and reseated in 1856 and again restored in 1914: there are 260 sittings.


Baptist Chapel

There is a Baptist chapel, with sittings for 150 persons.

Civil Registration

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

Finchampstead was in Wokingham Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Finchampstead from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Finchampstead 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.

RegionSouth East
Postal districtRG40
Post TownWokingham