Letcombe Bassett, Berkshire
Letcombe Bassett, a parish in Berks, on the Ridgeway, 2½ miles SW by S pf Wantage, and 4½ from Wantage Road Station on the G.W.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Wantage. Acreage, 1631; population, 191. An ancient camp called Letcombe Castle is here on the Ridge Way. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford; net value, £105 with residence. Patrons, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. The church, which was erected about 1100 A.D., is a building of stone and flint in the Norman style, was lengthened and a tower added about 1200, was thoroughly repaired and an aisle added in 1862, and contains a Norman font. There are a Wesleyan chapel and some charities. Dean Swift retired hither in 1713 and wrote his pamphlet entitled " Free Thoughts on the Present State of Affairs."
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Letcomb-Bassett All Saints|
|Poor Law union||Wantage|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1564.
Church of England
St. Michael (parish church)
The church of St. Michael, erected about A.D. 1100, is a building of stone and flints, in the Norman style: it was lengthened and a tower added at the west end about 1260; the latter is of brick, with stone quoins and dressings to the windows and a stringcourse, and the whole appears to be clearly the work of the 13th century: in 1862 the church was thoroughly repaired and a south aisle added, and it now consists of chancel, nave, south aisle, north porch, and an embattled western tower, restored in 1884 and containing 3 bells: a Norman font, probably coeval with the original building, is still in use: in 1890 two memorial windows were put in to the late Rev. W. Firth B.D. a former rector: there are 140 sittings.
There is a Wesleyan chapel here.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Letcombe Bassett was in Wantage Registration District from 1837 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Letcombe Bassett from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Letcomb-Bassett (All Saints))
- 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 Letcombe Bassett 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.