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Grove, Berkshire

Historical Description

Grove, a hamlet, a township, and an ecclesiastical parish in Wantage parish, Berks. The hamlet lies near the Berks and Wilts Canal, three-fourths of a mile SW from Wantage Eoad station on the G.W.R., and 1½ N by E from Wantage, and has a post and money order office under Wantage; telegraph office at the railway station. The ecclesiastical parish was constituted in 1835. Acreage of township, 1791; population, 559. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net yearly value, £255 with residence, in the gift of the Vicar of Wantage. The church was built in 1832, and contains the font in which Dr Pusey was baptized, and a good E window. There are Baptist and Wesleyan chapels.

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 parishWantage 
Ecclesiastical parishGrove St. James 
Poor Law unionWantage 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1833.


Church of England

St. James the Great (parish church)

The church of St. James the Great, formerly a small and plain building of stone, consisting of nave only, with a western turret containing one bell, was entirely rebuilt of brick and stone in 1900-01: it consists of nave with aisle: there was in ancient times a chapel here, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, which existed up to the beginning of the 18th century: the church, lately removed, was built in 1832 through the exertions of the late Dr. Richard Lynch Cotton, provost of Worcester College, Oxford, 1839-81, when the former dedication was changed: there are four memorial windows to members of the Godfrey family and three to the family of Caudwell: the pulpit, from which Dr. Pusey preached his first written sermon, and the font in which he was baptised, are now placed here: the church affords 230 sittings.


Baptist Chapel

There is a Baptist chapel, with an attached burial ground.


Wesleyan Chapel

There is a Wesleyan chapel.

Civil Registration

Grove was in Wantage Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Grove from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Grove 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