West Challow, Berkshire
Challow, West, a township and an ecclesiastical parish in the civil parish of Letcombe-Regis, Berks, on the Berks and Wilts Canal, 1 mile from Challow station on the G.W.R., and 2 miles W by N of Wantage, which is the post town. Acreage, 1070; population of the township, 189; of the ecclesiastical parish, including East Challow, 599. The living is a vicarage, annexed to East Challow, in the diocese of Oxford. The church, dedicated to St Laurence, is a plain edifice, chiefly in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, with a Transition Norman west doorway, and was restored in 1892.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Civil parish||Letcomb Regis|
|Poor Law union||Wantage|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1653.
Church of England
St. Laurence (parish church)
The church of St. Laurence is a plain structure chiefly in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, and consisting of chancel, nave, north porch of wood and an Early English bell-cot on the western gable, containing 2 bells; the chancel is Perpendicular and has a pre-Reformation screen; the north doorway is Transition Norman, and the porch Perpendicular; the church was restored in 1892 at a cost of £415; the communion plate includes a pre-Reformation paten and a chalice of the 17th century; there are 66 sittings.
West Challow was in Wantage Registration District from 1837 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for West Challow from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Challow, West)
- 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 West Challow 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.