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South Hinksey, Berkshire

Historical Description

Hinksey, South, a village and a parish in Berks. The village stands near the G.W.R., 1 mile SW from Oxford. The parish comprises 897 acres, of which 781 are in Berks and 116 in Oxfordshire; population, 181, or including that portion which is contained in the administrative county borough of Oxford, 1192; of the ecclesiastical parish, 1181. A new village, called New Hinksey, half a mile distant from the old one, which arose in consequence of the opening of the Oxford station, was transferred in 1889 to the city of Oxford, and has a post office under Oxford; money order and telegraph office, Oxford. The Happy Valley, near the old village, affords a charming walk, and was much loved by Dr. Arnold. The view of Oxford, by Turner, was taken from a hill between the villages of South Hinksey and North Hinksey. The conduit built by Otho Nicholson of Christ Church in 1617 to supply Oxford with water, is in the hill-fields above the villages. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net value, £88 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Abingdon's trustees, who are also the lords of the manor. The church, dedicated to St Lawrence, is an ancient building of stone dating partly from the 13th and partly from the 14th centuries. John Piers, Archbishop of York, was a native.

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 parishSouth Hinksey St. John 
Poor Law unionAbingdon 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1669, the pages relating to burials up to the year 1693 being missing.


Church of England

St. Lawrence (parish church)

The church of St. Lawrence is a building of stone partly of the 13th and partly of the 14th century, consisting of chancel, nave, north porch and a western tower, with plain parapet, containing 3 bells, two of which are cracked; on the smallest is the inscription, "Vox Augustini sonet in aure Dei," on the second, "Sancta Margareta ora pro nobis:" the nave has a good plain open-timbered roof; the chancel is divided from the nave by a small and low arch, not more than 6ft. 5in. in width, and there are traces of a rood loft, the stairs to which still remain; the chancel windows were altered and enlarged early in the 18th century; in the south wall is a curious double piscina, and there is one memorial window: the church affords 120 sittings: in the churchyard are the remains of a cross, presumably of the 15th century.

Civil Registration

South Hinksey was in Abingdon Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for South Hinksey from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of South Hinksey 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 districtOX1
Post TownOxford