Childrey Berkshire Family History Guide

West tower and south transept of the parish church of St Mary the Virgin, Childrey, Oxfordshire (formerly Berkshire). Brian Robert Marshall / St Mary’s Church, Childrey / CC BY-SA 2.0

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St. Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1558
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1605

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist, Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Childrey

  • Stanford in the Vale
  • Letcombe Bassett
  • Lambourn
  • West Challow
  • East Challow
  • Sparsholt
  • Letcombe Regis

Historical Descriptions

Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales Circa 1870

Childrey, a parish in Wantage district, Berks; on the Berks and Wilts canal, near the Ridge-way, 1¾ mile S of Faringdon Road r. station, and 2½ W of Wantage. It has a post-office under Wantage. Acres, 2,850. Real property, £3,419. Pop., 504. Houses, 129. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged to the Fettiplaces. Charles I. made his quarters here on his way to Abingdon. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £604.  Patron, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. The church shows Norman traces; is good; and contains a canopied brass, eight other brasses, and a figured leaden font. There are schools and charities, founded by the Fettiplaces, of unreported value; and other charities, £20. Pocock, the orientalist, was rector.

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

Parish Records

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