Wootton, a parish in Berks, 3½ miles NNW of Abingdon station on the G.W.R. It has a post office under Abingdon; money order and telegraph office, Abingdon. Acreage, 1522; population of the civil parish, 417; of the ecclesiastical, 420. There is a parish council consisting of six members. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; net value, £70, in the gift of the Earl of Abingdon. The church is a small but ancient building of stone in the Gothic style of the 15th century. There is a Wesleyan chapel.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Wootton St. Peter|
|Poor Law union||Abingdon|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
The register dates from the year 1653.
Church of England
St. Peter (parish church)
The church of St. Peter is a small and plain, but ancient, edifice of stone in the Gothic style, part of which dates from the 13th century: it consists of chancel, nave, south porch and a western bellcot containing a clock and one bell: the stained east window, by Kempe, was given by the Earl of Berkeley in 1903: some of the nave windows and one erected by the Rev. H. C. Dymond in 1892 are also stained: there are remains of a low side-window on the south side of the chancel: the church affords 150 sittings.
There is a Wesleyan chapel, built in 1850.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Wootton was in Abingdon Registration District from 1837 to 1974
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Wootton from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, seventh edition, published 1858. (Wootton (St. Peter))
- 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 Wootton 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.