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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Civil parish||West Hanney|
|Poor Law union||Abingdon|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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.
Lyford was in Abingdon Registration District from 1837 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Lyford from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Lyford)
- 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 Lyford 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.