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Sulhampstead Bannister, Berkshire

Historical Description

Sulhampstead Banister, a village and a parish in Berks, 7 miles SW from Reading, and 2 SW from Theale station on the G.W.R. There is a post office under Reading, money order and telegraph office, Theale. Acreage, 1132; population of the civil parish, 202; of Sulhampstead Banister Lower End, 110. The river Kennet passes through the parish on the NW. The manor belongs to the Thoyts family. The living is a rectory, consolidated with Sulhampstead Abbots. The church is a building of flint and stone in the Early English style.

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 parishSulhampstead-Bannister St. Michael 
Poor Law unionBradfield 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1654, but there are earlier transcripts in the Diocesan Registry at Salisbury.


Church of England

St. Michael (new) (parish church)

The new church of St. Michael, erected in 1913-14 at a cost of £3,130, was an edifice of flint with stone dressings, in a transitional style between Early English and Decorated, consisting of nave of four bays with south porch, chancel of two bays and turret for 2 bells: there were five stained memorial windows: there were 156 sittings, and the church closed in 1966. The parishioners have the right of marriage in Sulhamstead-Abbots church, and burial in its churchyard.

St. Michael (old) (parish church)

The old church of St. Michael, built in 1815, was an edifice of shingle, consisting of chancel, with aisle, nave, west porch and a western tower of wood, containing 2 bells: in 1897, the church was reseated with open benches, and afforded 220 sittings.

Civil Registration

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

Sulhamstead Bannister was in Bradfield Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Wokingham Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Sulhampstead Bannister from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Sulhampstead Bannister 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 districtRG7
Post TownReading