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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

Administration

The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyBerkshire 
Civil parishLetcomb Regis 
HundredKintbury-Eagle 
Poor Law unionWantage 

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


Church Records

The register dates from the year 1653.


Churches

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.


Maps

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
CountyOxfordshire
RegionSouth East
CountryEngland
Postal districtOX12
Post TownWantage