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West Hendred, Berkshire

Historical Description

Hendred, West or Little, a parish in Berks, on a small affluent of the river Thames, which falls into the river near Monkey Island, 8 miles SW by S from Steventon station on the G.W.R., and 8½ E from Wantage. It includes the tith-ings of East Ginge and Sparshold Court, and it has a post office under Steventon (R.S.O.); money order and telegraph office. East Hendred. Acreage, 2002; population, 344. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net yearly value, £300. Patron, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. The church is a very ancient building, consisting of chancel, nave of three bays, aisles, S porch, and western tower.

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 
Ecclesiastical parishWest Hendred Holy Trinity 
Poor Law unionWantage 

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

Church Records

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at West Hendred 1558-1837, Berkshire is available to browse online.

The registers date from the year 1578, and contain several instances of collections made for the Protestants in Poland and elsewhere, for the redemption of captives taken by the Turks, and for the sufferers by the Great Fire of London in 1666.


Church of England

Holy Trinity (parish church)

The church of Holy Trinity is a very ancient building, some portions of which are of Norman date; it consists of chancel, restored in 1881, nave of three bays, aisles, south porch and a western tower containing 6 bells; the font is octagonal and bears date 1630; there are two stained windows to the Reeves family and some fine and ancient oak fittings: the church has 150 sittings.


Wesleyan Chapel

There is a small Wesleyan chapel.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

West Hendred was in Wantage Registration District from 1837 to 1974

Directories & Gazetteers

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

Land and Property

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


Online maps of West Hendred 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