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Watchfield, Berkshire

Historical Description

Watchfield, a township in Shrivenham parish, Berks, 4¼miles SW by S of Great Faringdon, and 2 N by E from Shrivenham station on The G.W.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Shrivenham. Acreage, 1517; population, 376. There is a parish council consisting of five members. The manor belongs to the Bouveries and Viscount Barrington. The living is a chapelry, annexed to Shrivenham. The church is a small modern building of stone in the Early English and Decorated styles. There is a Primitive Methodist 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 
Civil parishShrivenham 
Poor Law unionFarringdon 

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

Church Records

The register dates from the year 1858.


Church of England

St. Thomas (parish church)

The church of St. Thomas, erected by subscription in 1858, is a small edifice of stone in the Early English and Decorated styles, consisting of chancel and nave, western porch and a western bell-gable containing one bell: there are 150 sittings.


Primitive Methodist Chapel

There is a Primitive Methodist chapel, erected in 1872.

Civil Registration

Watchfield 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 Watchfield from the following:

Land and Property

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


Online maps of Watchfield 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 districtSN6
Post TownSwindon