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.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Poor Law union||Farringdon|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
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.
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:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Watchfield)
- Kelly's Directory of Berkshire, 1915
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:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Berkshire papers online:
The Visitations of Berkshire 1532, 1566, and 1665-6 is available online.