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Shellingford, Berkshire

Historical Description

Shellingford, a parish, with a village, in Berks, 2½ miles SE of Faringdon station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Faringdon; money order and telegraph office, Stanford-in-the Vale. Acreage, 1761; population, 241. Kitemore is a fine mansion very pleasantly situated. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford; net value, £383 with residence. The church is an ancient Norman building consisting of chancel, nave, S porch, and embattled western tower and spire. There is a Congregational chapel.

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 parishShillingford St. Faith 
Poor Law unionFarringdon 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1558.


Church of England

St. Faith (parish church)

The church of St. Faith, rebuilt in 1652 and incorporating portions of an ancient structure of Norman date, consists of chancel, nave, south porch, vestry and an embattled western tower with spire and containing 4 bells: the reredos is of oak, handsomely carved: the vestry was added in 1913: in the south wall of the chancel is a piscina and a table inscribed to John Packer, ob. 1682: on the north side is a fine monument to Robert Packer, d. 4th April, 1731, and Maria, his wife: in the nave is a brass to Mary Knapp, ob. 23rd Sept. 1621, and a splendid, monument of marble with bust, to Sir Edward Hannes kt. physician to Queen Anne: another, with arms, is inscribed to William Flower, 2nd Viscount Ashbrook, who died at the Manor House 30th August, 1780; and to William 3rd Viscount, who died 6th January, 1802: there are six stained windows, including one presented in 1890 by Thomas L. Goodlake esq. in memory of his mother, who died in 1889: in the churchyard are memorials to Dorothy Clayton, ob. 3rd October, 1658; Alice, wife of Richard Clayton, ob. 5th September, 1643; and a marble cross to Susan Du Pré, d. April 23rd, 1874: a new organ was provided in 1912: there are 150 sittings.


Congregational Chapel

There is a small Congregational chapel in the village, erected in 1834.

Civil Registration

Shellingford was in Faringdon Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Wantage Registration District from 1937 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Shellingford from the following:

Land and Property

Kitemore is a handsome mansion in the French Gothic style, situated between Faringdon and Shellingford, and commanding a fine view of White Horse Hill and scenery in the vicinity.

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


Online maps of Shellingford 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 districtSN7
Post TownFaringdon