Arborfield is an Ancient Parish in the county of Berkshire.

Parish church: St. Bartholomew

Parish registers begin: 1705

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Parishes adjacent to Arborfield

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ARBORFIELD, a parish in Wokingham district, Berks; on the river Loddon, 4 miles W of Wokingham r. station. Arborfield Cross, 1¼ mile SE of the village, has a post office under Reading. Acres in the parish, 1,466. Real property, £3,975. Pop., 286. Houses, 65. The property is divided among a few. The manor formerly belonged to the Bullocks, one of whom was “Hugh of the Brazen Band;” and the old manor-house, called in “Our Village,” the “Old House at Aberleigh,” was the death place, in 1730, of Edward Standen, Esq., the person alluded to in the ballad of “Molly Mogg of the Rose.” The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £345. Patron, Lord Braybrooke. The church was built in 1863, and is in the middle pointed style.

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

Leonard’s Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Arborfield, 3 miles S.W. Oakingham. P. 300.

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


Arborfield Berkshire Cassey History Gazetteer and Directory of Berkshire and Oxfordshire 1868

Is a small village and parish, 5 miles from Reading, and 3 from Oakingham, in the hundred of Sonning, union of Wokingham, and diocese of Oxford. The church of St. Bartholomew is a handsome building, in the Early English style. The chancel windows are of stained glass: there are two memorial windows to members of the Towgood family : the church was built at a cost of upwards of £4,000, to which Sir William Brown, Bart., of Liverpool, was the principal contributor. The living is a rectory, annual value £388, with residence, in the gift of Lord Braybrooke. Arborfield Hall, the seat of Captain Thomas Hargreaves, J. P., is pleasantly situated on the banks of the river Loddon, with park and grounds. There is a mixed National school.The population in 1861 was 286; the acreage is 1,400. Sir Charles Russell, Bart., is lord of the manor. A portion of the names returned under Arborfield are out of the parish, but the ecclesiastical district of St. Catherine’s, Bearwood, is placed here for postal convenience.

Letters arrive from Reading at 8.35 a.m. ; dispatched at 5.35 p.m.

Conroy Sir Edward, Burt., J. P.

D’Aeth Rev. Wyndham C. H., B.A.

Hargreaves Captain Thomas, J.P.

Hayes Rev. Sir John, Bart.

Simmonds John, Esq., Newland lodge

Simmonds Thomas, Esq.

Allaway Brothers, farmers

Barlow Samuel, wheelwright

Biggs Ralph, farmer, New farm

Blake Isaac, farmer, Betty grove

Clacey Charles, Bramshill Hunt

Cumplen James, land steward to Captain Hargreaves, The hall farm

Cordrey William, builder and contractor

Cox Daniel, shopkeeper, Newland

Englefield Henry, farm bailiff

Englefield Trial, farmer

Giles James, baker, Newland

Hannington William, farmer, White Hall farm

Haynes Thomas, police officer

Hopwood Henry, shoemaker

Jeacocke C. E., farm bailiff, Newland

Matthews Ann, Bull inn

Mayers William, blacksmith, Newland

Pithers James, Swan, and butcher, Arborfield cross

Tayler Charles, tailor, Newland

Tubb Thomas, french polisher

Wells Richard, farmer, Cross lane

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

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  • County: Berkshire
  • Civil Registration District: Wokingham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Dean of Salisbury
  • Diocese: Post-1835 – Oxford, Pre-1836 – Salisbury
  • Rural Deanery: Post-1845 – Reading, Pre-1846 – Salisbury
  • Poor Law Union: Wokingham
  • Hundred: Sonning
  • Province: Canterbury

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