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Sulhampstead Abbots, Berkshire

Historical Description

Sulhampstead Abbots, a village and a parish in Berks, 2 miles S by E of Theale station on the G.W.R., and 6½ SW of Reading. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Theale. Acreage, 1417; population of the civil parish, 290; of the ecclesiastical, with Sulhampstead Banister, 532. Sulhampstead House, a chief residence standing in a park of about 72 acres, is the property of the Thoyts family, who are lords of the manor. The living is a rectory, united with Sulhampstead Banister, in the diocese of Oxford; joint net value, £435 with residence. Patron, Queen's College, Oxford. The church is an ancient building in the Norman style, consisting of chancel, nave, W porch, and a western tower of wood. 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 parishSulhampstead-Abbotts St. Bartholomew 
Poor Law unionBradfield 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1602.


Church of England

St. Mary (parish church)

The church of St. Mary is an edifice of flint with stone dressings, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a western tower of wood containing 3 bells; there is a fine Norman font and memorial windows to the Rev. William Whitelock, to the Rev. Robert S. Falcon-Steward M.A. rector 1868-87, to Mr. John T. Strange and to Alfred Lewis E. Shepherd, son of a former rector, and a brass to Ralph Eyer, rector 1521: the church was restored in 1878-9 at a cost of £1,100, and affords 135 sittings.


Congregational Chapel

There is a Congregational chapel, built in 1881.

Civil Registration

Sulhamstead Abbots was in Bradfield Registration District from 1837 to 1937 and Wokingham Registration District from 1934 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Sulhampstead Abbots from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Sulhampstead Abbots 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