Hungerford, Berkshire Family History Guide

Hungerford is an Ancient Parish partly in Berkshire and partly in Wiltshire.

Other places in the parish include: Sanden Fee, Newtown, Hidden, and Edington.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1559
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1589

Nonconformists include: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

Hungerford

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HUNGERFORD, a town and a tything in Berks, a parish and a sub-district partly also in Wilts, and a district partly likewise in Hants, but all registrationally in Berks. The town stands on the river Kennet, the Kennet and Avon canal, the Roman Herman street, and the Reading and Trowbridge branch of the Great Western railway, 25 miles W by S of Reading. It was anciently called Ingleford-Charman; and it may have taken the former part of that name from a ford of the Angles on the Kennet, quasi Angleford, and the latter part from the Roman Herman street. It also bore anciently the name of Charman street; and an avenue still retains that name; while a tything of the parish bears the similar name of Charnham street. Charles I. was here in 1644; and William of Orange met the agents of James II. here in Dec. 1688. An ancient horn still exists, said to have been given to the town by John of Gaunt, with the right of fishing in the Kennet. Another horn, a duplicate of the ancient one, but with an inscription of the year 1634, is preserved in the town hall, and blown annually to summon the tenants of the manor. The town acquired important rights at varions periods; and it retains a strictly preserved fishery of some miles in the Kennet, and a valuable commonage of down and marsh land. It was noted in Evelyn’s time as “a toune famous for its troutes;” and it is still a favourite resort of anglers. The climate is salubrious; the surrounding scenery is picturesque; and the neighbouring lands are very fertile. The town, though all statistically in Berks, has a suburb in Wilts; and it consists chiefly of one long street, with a market house in the centre. A tubular bridge of the Berks and Wilts Extension railway crosses the street at right angles; and a commodious wharf is attached to the canal. The town has a head post office, a railway station with telegraph, a banking office, and two chief inns; is a seat of petty sessions and county courts, and the headquarters of the Berks yeomanry cavalry; and has a town hall, a corn exchange, a police station, a five arched bridge, a church, four dissenting chapels, a grammar school, a workhouse, and charities £74. The police station stands near the railway station, and was built in 1864. The church is modern and neat, with a tower; occupies the site of a previous church, which was ancient; and contains a tablet, once part of the tomb of Sir R. de Hungerford, who died in the time of Edward III., and was buried here. The Independent chapel and a Wesleyan chapel of 1869 are neat structures. The grammar school was founded in 1653, and has £36 a year from endowment. The workhouse stands on a high and healthy site; and, at the census of 1861, had 150 inmates. An ancient hospital was in the town, but has completely disappeared. A weekly market is held on Wednesday; a cattle fair, on the last Wednesday of April; a wool fair, on the last Wednesday of June; a sheep fair, on 17 Aug.; and hiring fairs, on the Wednesday before, and the Wednesday after, Old Michaelmas day. The government is vested in a constable elected annnally, and in burgesses, who have filled the office of constable. Dr. Chandler, the eminent dissenting minister of the 17th century, was a native. Pop. in 1851, 2,255; in 1861, 2,031. Houses, 382.

The tything forms part of the township. Real property, £4,460. Pop., 1,153. Houses, 207. The parish contains also the tything of Sanden-Fee, and the t. of Edington, Hidden, and Newtown, in Berks, and the t. of Charnham street in Wilts. Acres, 6,940. Real property, £14,512. Pop., 3,001. Houses, 593. The manor belonged to John of Gaunt; is supposed to have been given by him to the town; and is held, under the Crown, by certain of the inhabitants, who are called feoffees. Hungerford Park, adjacent to the town, was the residence of the barons of Hungerford; a mansion on it was built by Queen Elizabeth, and given to the Earl of Essex; and a modern mansion, in the Italian style, on the same site, is now the seat of George S. Willes, Esq. Edington House is the seat of F. L. Coxe, Esq. Standen-Hussey is the seat of the Rev. T. P. Michell. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £522. Patrons, the Dean and Canons of Windsor. A chapel of ease was built in 1866 at Edington.

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

Eddington with Hiddon

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Eddington with Hiddon, a tything in the parish of Hungerford, county of Berks; 1 mile north east by east of Hungerford, on the northern bank of the river Kennet. Houses 99. Pop. in 1811, 383; in 1831, 479. Other returns with the parish.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851

Sandon Fee

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Sandon-Fee, a tything in the parish of Hungerford, county of Berks; 1½ mile south-south west of Hungerford. Houses 124. Pop., in 1811, 367; in 1831, 674. Other returns with the parish.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.

Bankrupts

Below is a list of people that were declared bankrupt between 1820 and 1843 extracted from The Bankrupt Directory; George Elwick; London; Simpkin, Marshall and Co.; 1843.

Dyer William Richard, Hungerford, Berks, cornfactor & baker, Jan. 12, 1838.

Edwards John, Hungerford, Berks, wine merchant, Oct. 12, 1841.

Viner Thomas, Hungerford, Berks, hop and wine merchant, July 6, 183B.

Parish Records

FamilySearch Catalog

Census

Census returns for Hungerford, 1841-1891

Church Records

Bishop’s transcripts for Hungerford, 1589-1836 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Hungerford (Berkshire)

Church records, 1806-1837 Author: Independent Church (Hungerford, England)

Church records, 1810-1837 Author: Ebenezer Chapel (Hungerford, Berkshire : Wesleyan)

Church records, 1886-1968 Author: Charnham Street Chapel (Hungerford, Berkshire : Wesleyan Methodist)

Hungerford Primitive Methodist Circuit : baptisms 1869-1937 Author: EurekA Partnership

Hungerford Wesleyan Methodist Circuit Author: EurekA Partnership

Hungerford, Berks & Wilts parish register 1559-1619 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Hungerford (Berkshire); Hidden, Norman F.; Hidden, Joyce; Church of England. St. Lawrence’s Church (Hungerford)

Hungerford, Marlborough & Wantage : Wesleyan Methodist Circuits historic roll 1899-1904 Author: EurekA Partnership

Marriage licence bonds 1669-1693 Author: Church of England. Dean and Canons of Windsor at Wantage. Peculiar Court

Parish chest and poor law records for Hungerford, 1583-1906 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Hungerford (Berkshire); Hungerford (Berkshire)

Parish registers for Hungerford, 1559-1914 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Hungerford (Berkshire)

Record of members, 1843-1850 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hungerford Branch (Berkshire)

Computer printout of Hungerford, Berkshire, England

Computer printout of Hungerford, Ebenezer Wesleyan Church, Berks., Eng

Computer printout of Hungerford, Independent Chapel, Berks., Eng

Parish register printouts of Hungerford, Berkshire, England (Ebenezer Wesleyan Church) ; christenings, 1810-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Parish register printouts of Hungerford, Berkshire, England (Independent Church) ; christenings, 1803-1837 Author: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Genealogical Department

Cemeteries

The monumental inscriptions of Hungerford St. Lawrence church burial ground, 1700-1981 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Hungerford (Berkshire); Berkshire Family History Society (England)

Poorhouses & Poor Law

Hungerford Union : workhouse births and deaths 1866-1914, pauper’s service book 1877-1917 Author: EurekA Partnership

Parish chest and poor law records for Hungerford, 1583-1906 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Hungerford (Berkshire); Hungerford (Berkshire)

Taxation

Land tax assessments in Hungerford, Berkshire 1780-1881 Author: Great Britain. Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace (Wiltshire)

Parish chest and poor law records for Hungerford, 1583-1906 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Hungerford (Berkshire); Hungerford (Berkshire)

History

Hungerford : a history Author: Hungerford Historical Association (Hungerford, Berkshire)

Hungerford beyond doomsday Author: Cartwright, Carol

Is your name Hungerford? : a short history of the famous Hungerford family, from the 12th century to the death of the “spendthrift” Hungerford in 1711, with references to the town of Hungerford in Berkshire, and the township of Hungerford in Queensland, Australia Author: Davis, E. L.

The manor of Hidden in Berks and Wilts : an account researched from original sources Author: Hidden, Norman F.

The story of Hungerford Author: Pihlens, Hugh

Manors

Estate survey in Hungerford, Berkshire, 1580-17th century Author: Manor of Hungerford (Wiltshire)

The manor of Hidden in Berks and Wilts : an account researched from original sources Author: Hidden, Norman F.

Court Records

Manorial records of Durnford and other manors in Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Somerset, 1490-1742 Author: Manor of Durnford. Court (Hampshire)

Occupations

Parish chest and poor law records for Hungerford, 1583-1906 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Hungerford (Berkshire); Hungerford (Berkshire)

Probate Records

Parish chest and poor law records for Hungerford, 1583-1906 Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Hungerford (Berkshire); Hungerford (Berkshire)

Schools

Admission registers, 1894-1937 Author: Coombe National School (Hungerford, Berkshire)

Vital Records

Hungerford Union : workhouse births and deaths 1866-1914, pauper’s service book 1877-1917 Author: EurekA Partnership

Berkshire Archives & Family History Groups

Berkshire Record Office

Berkshire Family History Society

GENUKI Berkshire

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

Census

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

Occupations

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

Maps

Vision of Britain historical maps

Administration

  • County: Berkshire
  • Civil Registration District: Hungerford
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Berkshire
  • Diocese: Oxford
  • Rural Deanery: Newbury
  • Poor Law Union: Hungerford
  • Hundred: Kintbury Eagle
  • Province: Canterbury