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Padworth, Berkshire

Historical Description

Padworth, a parish, with a village, in Berks, on the river Kennet, 1½ mile SE of Aldermaston station on the Hungerford branch of the G.W.R., and 9 miles SW by W of Reading. It has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Reading. Acreage, 1166 of land and 22 of water. The manor belonged anciently to the Courdrays; passed to the Fosters; and, with Padworth House, a fine mansion standing in its own grounds, belongs to the Griffith family. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford; gross value, £290 with residence. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is rich Early Norman, and has a fine Norman arch. It was restored in 1890.

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 parishPadworth St. John the Baptist 
Poor Law unionBradfield 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1607.


Church of England

St. John the Baptist (parish church)

The church of St. John the Baptist is a very ancient building of flint and rubble of Norman date, consisting of apsidal chancel, nave, south porch and a wooden tower over the western gable containing 6 bells, dated respectively 1654, 1660, 1816, 1597 and 1900: the other is simply inscribed = "SANCTA+MARIA+ORA+PRO+NOBIS:" the walls are all of Norman work, with inserted Perpendicular windows, and the Norman chancel arch has sculptured caps: the north and south doorways are recessed and have ornamented arches: the church was restored in 1890, at a cost of £1,500, the chancel by the rector, and the nave by Mrs. Darby-Griffith, the tower and belfry by Mr. Benyon and local subscribers: there are 100 sittings.

Civil Registration

Padworth 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 Padworth from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Padworth 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