Letcombe Regis, Berkshire Family History Guide

Letcombe Regis is an Ancient Parish in the county of Berkshire. East Challow and West Challow are chapelries of Letcombe Regis.

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Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1536
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1607

Nonconformists include: Wesleyan Methodist

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales 1895

Letcombe Regis, a village, a township, and a parish in Berks. The village stands on a branch of the river Ock, 1 ½ mile SW of Wantage, and 3 ¾ miles SW from Wantage Road station on the G.W.R. It has a post and telegraph office under Wantage; money order office. Wantage. Acreage of township, 2156; population, 407; of the ecclesiastical parish of Letcombe Regis, 483. The parish includes the township and ecclesiastical parish of East and West Challow. Acreage, 4883; population, 1092. The manor of Letcombe Regis is held by the Silver family. The court rolls are among the most ancient in the kingdom, and some of the wooden tallies used on the occasion of holding the courts in the reign of Henry III. (1216-72) are still in perfect preservation, and may be seen, as well as the court rolls of the same reign, in the Public Record Office, London.

A modem house, surrounded by a moat, occupies the site of what is thought to have been a hunting-box of King John. It has lately been considerably enlarged. A beautiful hill, called Castle Hill, rises behind the village, and is crowned by a nearly circular camp of about 26 acres, thought by some antiquaries to have been the site of a British town, and by others to have been a Roman encampment. Large quantities of water cresses are sent to the London market. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford; gross value, £224 with residence. Patrons, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. The church is Late Norman, with Perpendicular English additions, consists of nave, chancel, S porch, and embattled western tower, and contains a Norman font.

Source: Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales; Brabner, John Henry Fryden; Volume: 4; William Mackenzie, London. 1895.

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

LETCOMBE-REGIS, a village, a township, and a parish, in Wantage district, Berks. The village stands on a branch of the river Ock, 1½ mile SW of Wantage, and 3½ SE by S of Challow r. station; and has a postal pillar-box under Wantage. The township includes the village, and extends much beyond it. Real property, £3,512. Pop., 431. Houses, 101. The parish contains also the townships of East Challow and West Challow. Acres, 3,720. Real property, £8,183. Pop., 1,014. Houses, 228. The property is much subdivided. The manor of Letcombe-Regis is held by F. Parr, Esq., under the Dean and Chapter of Westminster; and the manor of West Challow belongs to C. Ferard, Esq A modern house, surrounded by a moat, occupies the site of what is thought to have been a hunting-box of King John. A beautiful hill, called Castle Hill, rises behind the village; and is crowned by a Roman camp. Very large works, for the making of engines and agricultural implements, are in East Challow. Large quantities of watercresses are sent to the London market. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £245. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of Winchester. The church is late Norman, with perpendicular English additions; consists of nave and chancel, with embattled tower; and contains a Norman font. The p. curacy of East Challow is a separate benefice. There are a national school, and charities £18.

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

Parish Records

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

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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

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Maps

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Administration

  • 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: Kintbury Eagle
  • Province: Canterbury