Purley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Berkshire.

Parish church:

Parish registers begin: Bishop’s Transcripts – 1607

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to Purley

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

PURLEY, a village and a parish in Brad field district, Berks. The village stands on the river Thames, adjacent to the Great Western railway, 2¼ miles ESE of Pangbourn r. station, and 3½ WNW of Reading; and has a post-office under Reading.

The parish comprises 877 acres. Real property, £2, 135. Pop., 193. Houses, 39. The property is divided among a few.

The manor, with P. Park, belongs to Major A. M. Storer. P. Hall was built by the South-Sea schemer Law; was the residence of Warren Hastings, during his memorable trial; and is now the seat of F. Wilder, Esq.

The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £359. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church stands ½ a mile from the village; is Norman and good, with a tower; and contains a fine Norman font, and a monument by Nollekens to A. Storer, Esq.

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

Purley, 3 m. N.W. Reading. P. 198.

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

Parish Registers

Purley Marriages 1662-1840

Parish Records


England, Berkshire, Purley – Census ( 1 )
Census returns for Purley, 1841-1891
Author: Great Britain. Census Office

England, Berkshire, Purley – Church records ( 3 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Purley, 1607-1836
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Purley (Berkshire)

Marriages at Purley, 1662-1840
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Purley (Berkshire)

Parish registers and poor law records for Purley, 1662-1914
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Purley (Berkshire)

England, Berkshire, Purley – Church records – Indexes ( 1 )
Computer printout of Purley, Berks., Eng

England, Berkshire, Purley – History ( 1 )
Parish relief in Purley c.1828
Author: Debney, Jean

England, Berkshire, Purley – History – Sources – Inventories, registers, catalogs ( 1 )
Sources for the history of Purley on Thames, Berkshire

England, Berkshire, Purley – Schools ( 1 )
Admission registers, 1903-1956
Author: Purley Church of England School (Purley, Berkshire)

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


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

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