Arborfield, Berkshire Family History Guide

Church of England parish church of St Bartholomew, Arborfield, Berkshire: view from the southeast, showing the spire and the polygonal apsidal chancel. Pam Brophy / St Bartholomews: Arborfield / CC BY-SA 2.0

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

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Remains of the Old Church of St Bartholomew, Arborfield Grade 2 listed building erected in the 13th century. Michael FORD / Remains of the Old Church of St Bartholomew, Arborfield / CC BY-SA 2.0

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

Parish Records

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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