Binfield Berkshire Family History Guide

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Parishes adjacent to Binfield

  • Waltham St Lawrence
  • White Waltham with Shottesbrooke
  • Wokingham
  • Easthampstead
  • Warfield

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BINFIELD, a small village and a parish in Easthampstead district, Berks. The village stands in Windsor forest, 2½ miles N of Bracknell r. station, and 3½ NE of Wokingham; and has a post office under Bracknell. The parish comprises 3,207 acres. Real property, £7,341. Pop., 1,371. Houses, 270. The property is much subdivided. Binfield House, Binfield Park, and Pope's Wood are chief residences. The last was the early home of the poet Pope; who described it as

My paternal cell,
A little house, with trees a row,
And, like its master, very low.

The present house is mainly reconstruction and enlargement; but includes the room which is believed to have been the poet's study. Here Pope wrote great part of his early poems; and in the adjoining grounds stood a tree, now destroyed, bearing the inscription by Lord Lyttleton, "Here Pope sung." The Roman road, called the Devil's highway, passed near the village; and an entrenchment there bears the name of Cæsar's camp. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £628. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The old church was of the time of Edward III.; had a picturesque square tower, was restored and enlarged in 1848, and further enlarged in 1859. The new church was built in 1867, and is in the early English style. There are a national school, and charities £82.

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

Binfield, 3 miles N.W. Oakingham. P. 1242.

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

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