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Marcham, Berkshire

Historical Description

Marcham or Marsham, a village and a parish in Berks. The village stands near the river Ock, 1½ mile NW of the Berks and Wilts Canal, and 2½ miles W of Abingdon station on the G.W.R. It has a post and money order office under Abingdon; telegraph office, Abingdon. The parish contains also the township of Frilford and the chapelry of Garford. Acreage, 2424; population of the civil parish, 707; of the ecclesiastical, with Garford, 874. The manor, with Marcbam Park-a mansion of stone standing in a well-timbered park of 40 acres-belongs to the Duffield family. Sheepstead House and Oakley House are chief residences. The living is a vicarage, united with the perpetual curacy of Garford, in the diocese of Oxford; net value, £243 with residence. Patron, Christ Church, Oxford. The church was rebuilt in 1837; is a large building of stone in the Perpendicular style; and comprises nave and chancel, with a western Early English tower. The chapelry of Garford is about 2 miles W by S of Marcham. Acreage, 1058; population, 167. It has a small chapel, dedicated to St Luke, which is a building of stone in the Early English style. The township of Frilford is 1 mile NW. Area, 1238 acres; population, 150. There is a Baptist chapel at Marcham and a Wesleyan chapel at Frilford. Some Roman remains were discovered at Frilford in 1883.

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 parishMarcham All Saints 
Poor Law unionAbingdon 

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


A cemetery of one acre was consecrated 4th February, 1899.

Church Records

The register, including Garford, dates from the year 1658.


Church of England

All Saints (parish church)

The church of All Saints, rebuilt in 1837 and opened on Easter day, 1838, is a spacious edifice of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western Early English tower containing a clock and 6 bells: there are 400 sittings: the church was re-seated in 1901, when a new organ was presented, the total cost, including gifts, was about £1,100.


Baptist Chapel

There is a small Baptist chapel.

Civil Registration

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

Marcham was in Abingdon Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Marcham from the following:

Land and Property

Upwood Park, situated about 3 miles north-west, stands in a well-wooded park of 87 acres.

Marcham Park is a stone mansion in the Classic style, standing in a small, well-wooded park of 47 acres.

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


Online maps of Marcham 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:

Villages, Hamlets, &c


Visitations Heraldic

The Visitations of Berkshire 1532, 1566, and 1665-6 is available online.

DistrictVale of White Horse
RegionSouth East
Postal districtOX13
Post TownAbingdon