Aldermaston is an Ancient Parish in the county of Berkshire.

Alternative names: Admiston

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin: 1558

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Aldermaston

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ALDERMASTON, or Admiston, a village and a parish in Bradfield district, Berks. The village stands at the influx of the Emborne to the Kennet, 8 miles E of Newbury; and it has a station, 1½ mile distant, on the Great Western railway and a post office under Reading. It was formerly a market town; and it still has fairs on 6 May, 7 July, and 11 Oct. The Earl of Essex occupied it in 1644. The parish comprises 3,669 acres. Real pro perty, £4,718. Pop., 585. Houses, 129. The property is not much divided. Much of the surface is heathy. The park of Aldermaston Court includes 1,000 acres; and is one of the wildest and most diversified in the south of England. The mansion on it is a Tudor edifice, built in 1851; and contains many interesting relics of a remarkable structure which preceded it, the seat of the Forsters and the Congreves; and the old lodges, with spired tower and roof, are still standing. An ancient camp occurs near Aldermaston Soak. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value and patron, not reported. The church is an ancient edifice, with fine Norman doorway and interesting monuments.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Aldermaston, a parish and market-town in the hund. of Theale, union of Bradfield, Berks; 8 miles east of Newbury, to the south of the post-road to Reading. It stands on the river Kennet, which is here navigable. Living, formerly in the archd. of Berks and dio. of Salisbury, now in the dio. of Oxford; rated at £12 12s. 8½d. A market is held every Friday ; and there are fairs on the 6th May, 7th July, and 11th October, for horses, cattle, and pedlery. Pop., in 1801, 672; in 1831, 636. Houses 128. Acres 2,240. A. P. £3,596. Poor rates, in 1837, £285 — Aldermaston house, the seat of William Congreve, Esq., built in 1530, is remarkable for its fine old painted windows and its noble massive staircase adorned with statues. The hall is very lofty, and surrounded by a spacious gallery.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Aldermaston, 7 miles S. E. Newbury. P. 662.

Source: Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales; Second Edition; C. W. Leonard, London; 1850

Crosby’s Complete Pocket Gazetteer of England and Wales 1815

Aldermaston, (Berks.) A neat village, beautifully situated on an eminence that overlooks the river Kennet, and only 3 miles dist. from Silchester, the famous Roman station. It has 2 annual fairs, viz. May 6, and July 7. Population 678. Inn, the Hind’s head. A road on the left to Basingstoke.

Gentlemen’s Seats. Aldermaston House, (W. Congreve, esq.) and beyond on the right, Wasing House, (W. Mount, esq.)

Source:  Crosby’s Complete Pocket Gazetteer of England and Wales 1815; Baldwin, Cradock & Joy.


Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Roberts Charles, Aldermaston, Berkshire, maltster, July 1, 1823.

Parish Records

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Census returns for Aldermaston, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Aldermaston, 1607-1835 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Aldermaston (Berkshire)

Parish registers and poor law records for Aldermaston, 1558-1992 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Aldermaston (Berkshire)

Parish register printout of Aldermaston, Berkshire, England


Monumental inscriptions Aldermaston, St. Mary the Virgin 1533-2002 Author: Berkshire Family History Society (England)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Parish chest materials, 1761-1854 Author: Aldermaston (Berkshire)

Parish registers and poor law records for Aldermaston, 1558-1992 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Aldermaston (Berkshire)

Court Records

Court rolls, 1358-1709 Author: Manor of Aldermaston. Court. (Berkshire)

Court rolls, 1758/1763 Author: Manor of Aldermaston. Court. (Berkshire)

Funeral Homes

Burials on the county border Author: Hine, Tom; Carter, Robert, fl. 1886-1917

Taking the lid off Author: Hine, Tom; Carter, Robert, fl. 1886-1917


Aldermaston : a topographical and historical sketch Author: Money, Walter, b.1836

Memories of life in an English country village Author: Martin, Sally-Anne


Parish registers and poor law records for Aldermaston, 1558-1992 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Aldermaston (Berkshire)

Berkshire Archives & Family History Groups

Berkshire Record Office

Berkshire Family History Society

GENUKI Berkshire


England, Berkshire, Reading, Cemetery Records, 1843-1959

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Berkshire Gravestones

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West Berkshire War Memorials

Calendar of Berkshire Wills

Wellington College Register 1859-1905

Abingdon Union Workhouse Census 1881

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Cookham Union Workhouse 1881

Easthampstead Union Workhouse 1881

Great Faringdon Union Workhouse 1881

Hungerford Union Workhouse 1881

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Aldermaston – Kelly’s Post Office Directory 1869 – Google Books

Aldermaston Cassey History, Gazetteer and Directory of Berkshire and Oxfordshire 1868

Aldermaston is a pleasant village, parish and railway station, 46 miles by rail and 49 by road from London, 10 from Reading, and 9 from Newbury, in the hundred of Theale, union of Bradfield, and diocese of Oxford. About 1½ miles from the village is Aldermaston Wharf, on the river Kennett, where a considerable business is done in timber, &c., also an extensive brewery and malting establishment, the property of W. J. Strange, Esq.

The church of St. Mary is an ancient structure, and stands in the park of D. H. D. Burr, Esq.: it consists of nave, chancel, and a tower, surmounted with a steeple, containing a clock: the pulpit is of finely carved oak, and the east window is of stained glass: in the chapel is a handsome marble tomb with recumbent figures of George Foster and his lady; there are also monuments in memory of Ralph Congreve, Esq., and others. The living is an unendowed vicarage, in the patronage of Daniel Higford Daval Burr, Esq. Aldermaston Court is a modern mansion in the Tudor-Elizabethan style of architecture, is delightfully situated on an eminence; the clock tower may be seen at many miles’ distance. It is the seat of Daniel Higford Daval Burr, Esq., J.P., who is lord of the manor and owner of the greater portion of the soil. Aldermaston Park is five miles in circumference; it contains a lake which covers fourteen acres, and other ponds. There are some fine old oaks in the park. The ornamental grounds are very neatly laid out, and kept in nice order under the superintendence of Mr. Elsley, the gardener. Here is a parochial school, supported by subscription. Fairs are held on May 6th and July 7th, for horses and cattle; October 13th, for horses and pedlery. Near the village is a station on the Hungerford and Devizes branch of the Great Western Railway. The population in 1861 was 585; the acreage is 3,669. Letters arrive from Reading at 6.40 a.m.; dispatched at 6 p.m.

Burne Rev. John Butler, M.A.

Burr D. H. D., Esq., J.P., Aldermaston court

Fox George Fort, Esq., M.D.

Joplen Mr. James

Bowyer William, plumber

Beak George, Butt inn

Elsley Henry, head gardener, Aldermaston court

Goddard Thomas, builder

Goswell Mary Ann, shopkeeper

Goswell Robert, wheelwright

Joplen Elizabeth, grocer

Kersley Anthony James, miller, Aldermaston mill

Keep William, farmer, Ferris’s farm

Knight Matthew, Hind’s Head

Lawes Richard, tailor, &c.

Phillips R. W., land agent

Rivers Francis, parish clerk

Strange William Jeffreys, brewer, maltster and farmer

Stroud David, saddler

Wakelin James, farmer, Church farm

Tegg John, head gamekeeper

Wickham J. A., farmer, Wrag hill farm

Source: Edward Cassey and Co.’s History, Gazetteer and Directory of Berkshire and Oxfordshire 1868


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County: Berkshire
Civil Registration District: Bradfield
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Berkshire
Diocese: Post-1835 – Oxford, Pre-1836 – Salisbury
Rural Deanery: Reading
Poor Law Union: Bradfield
Hundred: Theale
Province: Canterbury

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