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West Challow, Berkshire

Historical Description

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.

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 parishLetcomb Regis 
Poor Law unionWantage 

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

Church Records

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.

Civil Registration

West Challow was in Wantage Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for West Challow from the following:

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:

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 districtOX12
Post TownWantage