Hagbourne, Berkshire Family History Guide

Hagbourne is an Ancient Parish in the county of Berkshire.

Other places in the parish include: West Hagbourne and East Hagbourne.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1661
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1612

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HAGBOURNE, a village and a parish in Wallingford district, Berks. The village stands 1¾ mile SSE of Didcot r. station, and 5 W by S of Wallingford; has an ancient cross, surmounting lofty steps; has also a post-office, of the name of East Hagbourne, under Wallingford, and a fair on the Thursday before 11 Oct. The parish consists of the liberties of East Hagbourne and West Hagbourne. Acres, 2,755. Real property of E. H. £3,978; of W. H. £2,173. Pop. of E. H., 631; of W. H., 164. Houses, 132 and 38. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to the Earl of Craven. The Earl of Essex’s troops were quartered here, in 1644, on their way from Reading to Abingdon. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £165. Patron. the Rev. R. Meredith. The church is ancient but good; has a square tower; and contains a splendid monument to John Philips, Esq. A charity for apprenticing has £25; and other charities have £46.

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


Hagbourne East and West Kellys Berkshire Directory 1869

Hagbourne East and West are two liberties forming one parish, 6 miles south-west from Wallingford, 2 miles from Didcot station, and 63 from London, in the hundred of Moreton, union and county court district of Wallingford. rural deanery of Wallingford, archdeaconry of Berks, and diocese ot Oxford. East Haghourne is situated on a stream, called, in Saxon times, “Hacca’s-Brook,” from a person of that name: there is a charter of King Alfred which mentions both Haccan Burn and Hacca-Broc: it will be seen in Kemble’s “Codex Diplomaticus Ævi Saxonien:” it rises from a spring, called Shovel Spring, never known to be dry, which supplies very many beds of water-cress, cultivated here for the London markets. The church of St. Andrew, in East Hagbourne, is principally a Gothic structure, with a portion of the Florid, and an intermixture of the Perpendicular: it has a large square stone tower containing 8 excellent bells: the north aisle was built by John Yorke, who died in the year 1413, in which there are brasses to the memory of himself and wife: in the Lady Chapel, north aisle, is a splendid monument to John Phillips, Esq., carpenter at Windsor Castle to George I. & II., and in the chancel there is a fine brass to the memory of Catherine Keats: through the persevering efforts of the late vicar, the church has been substantially repaired and well restored, under the superintendence of W. J. Hopkins, Esq., architect, at the cost of about £1,200, including £210 laid out by the Earl of Craven (former lord of the manor), in the repairs and restoration of the chancel. The register dates from the year 1662.

There was many years since a church in West Hagbourne, and there is still a field called the Church Crypt. The living is a vicarage, the tithes of which have been commuted at £200, gross Income about £250, in the gift of the Rev. Richard Meredith, M.A., rector of Westboro’, Lincolnshire, and held by the Rev. James Knight Jennings, M.A. There are Sunday and day schools, containing about 120 children. The total amount of charities, from several legacies, is about £70 annually. At the top of the village, near the church, is a fine old cross and sundial, and the pedestal of another at the lower end of the village. Lt.-Colonel Loyd-Lindsay, M.P., is lord of the manor of East Hagbourne, and John Aldworth, Esq., of West Hagbourne, and they are the principal landowners. The soil is strong, black and loamy; subsoil, rubble chalk. The crops are wheat, barley and beans. The population in 1861 was 795; the area is 1,667 acres.

Coscote is a hamlet between East and West Hagbourne

Parish Clerk, John Taylor.

Letters through Wallingford, which is the nearest money order office

Parochial School, Miss Annie Napper, mistress

Carriers : —

Benjamin Bosley & George Keep, to Abingdon, monday to Wallingford, tuesday & friday

Pether, to Didcot, daily.

East Hagbourne

Holiday Miss

Jennings Rev. James Knight, M.A. [vicar]

Leadam Dr

Smith Mr. J. Spencer


Allen Joseph, farmer, Coscote

Andrews George, thatcher

Andrews Henry, ginger beer maker

Andrews John, carpenter

Arnold Charles, tailor

Bosley Benjamin, Travellers’ Welcome

Bosley Thomas, saddler

Brown William, basket maker

Child Ephraim, wheelwright

Clare Benjamin, wheelwright

Corderoy William, grocer

Dixon Stephen, farmer

Ellaway John, mason

Fliander Benjamin, grocer & baker

Gardner Charles, shoe maker

Hale Thomas, baker

Holiday John, farmer

Keep George, fruiterer

Lousley Dnniel, farmer, Manor house

Lousley John, farmer

Mills Joseph, shoe maker

Mills Richard, timber dealer

Napper Ambrose, Greyhound inn

Napper George, carpenter

Napper John, farmer, Coscote

Napper Joseph, Boot inn, & butcher

Napper William, Fleur-de-Lis, & blacksmith

Pether James, mason

Pether Syrus, farmer

Port Daniel, shoe maker

Richardson Henry, schoolmaster

Rickett William, wheelwright

Saunders Joseph, farmer

Taylor John, cooper

Wakefield Edward, baker & grocer

West Hagbourne

Aldworth Robert, farmer, Manor house

Beasley Richard, Wheatsheaf inn

Butler James, carpenter

Dearlove Joseph & Isaac, farmers

Lousley Joseph, farmer

Napper William, Horse Arrow

Woodley John, baker & grocer

Source: Post Office Directory of Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire; E. R. Kelly; Kelly & Co., London. 1869.

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog


Census returns for East Hagbourne, 1841-1891

Census returns for West Hagbourne, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Hagbourne, 1612-1836 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Hagbourne (Berkshire)

Hagbourne, St. Andrew Berkshire (now Oxfordshire) parish registers, 1612-1993 Author: Hedges, Gillian; Kearsey, Hugh A.; Church of England. Parish Church of Hagbourne (Berkshire); Oxfordshire Family History Society

Oxfordshire parish register transcripts : Wallingford Registration District Author: Oxfordshire Family History Society

Parish registers for Hagbourne, 1661-1916 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Hagbourne (Berkshire)

Computer printout of Hagborne, Berkshire, England


East Hagbourne, St. Andrew, record of inscriptions on tombstones & tablets in the church interior, churchyard and cemeteries Author: Girling, Charles; Goodey, M.; Kearsey, Hugh A.; Oxfordshire Family History Society

Court Records

Court rolls, 1663-1710 Author: Manor of Hagborne. Court (Berkshire)


The history of Hagbourne CE Primary School Author: Lawson, Monica

Berkshire Archives & Family History Groups

Berkshire Record Office

Berkshire Family History Society

GENUKI Berkshire


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

Newtown Road Cemetery

Berkshire BMD

Berkshire Gravestones

Find A Grave Berkshire

West Berkshire War Memorials

Calendar of Berkshire Wills

Wellington College Register 1859-1905

Abingdon Union Workhouse Census 1881

Bradfield Union Workhouse 1881

Cookham Union Workhouse 1881

Easthampstead Union Workhouse 1881

Great Faringdon Union Workhouse 1881

Hungerford Union Workhouse 1881

Newbury Union Workhouse 1881

Reading Union Workhouse 1881

Wallingford Union Workhouse 1881

Wantage Union Workhouse 1881

Windsor Union Workhouse 1881

Wokingham Union Workhouse

Berkshire Enclosure Maps

Berkshire History

Records for England

Births and Baptism Records

England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975

Great Britain, Births and Baptisms, 1571-1977

England and Wales Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Marriage Records

England Marriages, 1538–1973

Great Britain Marriages, 1797-1988

England and Wales Marriage Registration Index, 1837-2005

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

Death Records

England Death Records, 1998-2015

England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

Great Britain Deaths and Burials, 1778-1988

England and Wales Death Registration Index 1837-2007

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

England and Wales, National Index of Wills and Administrations, 1858-1957

England and Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1640-1660

Non-Conformist Records

England and Wales Non-Conformist Record Indexes (RG4-8), 1588-1977


England and Wales Census, 1841

England and Wales Census, 1851

England and Wales Census, 1861

England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

England and Wales Census, 1891

England and Wales Census, 1901

England and Wales Census, 1911


United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

Great Britain, War Office Registers, 1772-1935

United Kingdom, Chelsea Pensioners’ Service Records, 1760-1913

United Kingdom, Royal Hospital Chelsea: Discharge Documents of Pensioners 1760-1887 (WO 122)

United Kingdom, Maritime Births, Marriages, and Deaths, 1787-1933

United Kingdom, Militia Service Records, 1806-1915

United Kingdom, World War I Service Records, 1914-1920

United Kingdom, World War I Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920

Newspaper Archives

British Newspaper Archive, Family Notices

British Newspaper Archives, Obituaries


Vision of Britain historical maps


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