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Lyford, Berkshire

Historical Description

Lyford, an ecclesiastical parish formed in 1845 from the-civil parish of Hanney, Berks, on the river Ock, in White-horse Vale, 4 miles NNW of Wantage Road station on the G.W.R., and 5 N of Wantage. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Wantage. Population, 147. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net value, £100 with residence. Patron, Worcester College, Oxford. The church is a small building of stone of the Early English period, and there are almshouses, founded in 1611 with an endowment of about £220 a year for twenty poor persons. The manor, with most of the land, belongs to Worcester College, Oxford.

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 parishWest Hanney 
Poor Law unionAbingdon 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1845.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is a small edifice of stone of the Early English period, consisting of chancel and nave, north porch and a wooden bell-cot at the west end, on a good Early frame work of four chamfered posts, with braces, forming alternate ogee and Pointed arches and containing 3 bells; there are low side windows on both sides of the chancel, which has an Early English piscina and stone shelf: in the north wall is a locker: the chancel arch, some time since destroyed, has now been restored; in the north jamb of the arch are the remains of a hagioscope: the font of plain Early English work is octagonal: the church was restored in 1875 at a cost of £1,100: there are 100 sittings.

Civil Registration

Lyford was in Abingdon Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Lyford from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Lyford 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