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Hampstead Norris, Berkshire

Historical Description

Hampstead Norris, a village and a parish in Berks. The village stands on an affluent of the river Thames, 3½ miles SE by S from East Ilsley, and 7 NE from Newbury, and has a station on the Didcot and Newbury branch of the G.W.R. It has a post office under Newbury; money order office, East Ilsley; telegraph office, railway station. The parish contains also the hamlets of Hermitage, Little Hungerford, Wellhouse, Bottomstead, World's End, and Eling. Acreage, 6047; population of the civil parish, 1204; of the ecclesiastical, with Langley, 849. The manor belonged once to the family of Norris, and took from them the latter part of its name, but belonged at other times to the families of Cifrewast and Ferrars, and took from them temporarily the names Hampstead Cifrewast and Hampstead Ferrars. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net value, £313 with residence. The church is ancient, and has a low tower. The vicarage of Hermitage is a separate benefice. There are Primitive Methodist 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 
Ecclesiastical parishHampstead-Norris St. Mary 
Poor Law unionWantage 

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

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1538.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is an edifice of stone exhibiting a mixture of Norman and Early English architecture and consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a low battlemented western tower containing 7 bells and a clock: there is a trefoiled piscina, supported on a shaft and sedilia formed in the sill of a window: the stair to the rood loft remains: the nave roof is dated 1635: in 1879-80 the church was restored at a cost of £1,531, the walls of the church and tower being carefully repaired, the interior enlarged, a new chancel arch erected and the whole interior re-seated: the old font is of Purbeck stone, ornamented with carved crosses, but is now disused: the original early font was removed in 1780 to the church of Stone, Bucks, and the present font was given when the church was restored: there are 292 sittings.


Primitive Methodist Chapel

There is a Primitive Methodist chapel here.

Wesleyan Chapel

There is a Wesleyan chapel here.

Civil Registration

Hampstead Norris was in Wantage Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Hampstead Norris from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Hampstead Norris 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 districtRG18
Post TownThatcham