Shrivenham Berkshire Family History Guide

Shrivenham is an Ancient Parish in the county of BerkshireWatchfield is a chapelry of Shrivenham.

Other places in the parish include: Beckett, Bourton, Bowton, Fernham

Parish church: St. Andrew

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1575
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1606

Nonconformists include: Baptist, Independent/Congregational, Wesleyan Methodist

Parishes adjacent to Shrivenham

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SHRIVENHAM, a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a hundred, in Berks. The village stands near the Wilts and Berks canal, 1 mile N of the Great Western railway, and 5¼ SW of Faringdon; was once a market-town; and has a r. station with telegraph, and a post-office, designated Shrivenham, Berkshire. The parish includes two tythings and three townships. Acres, 8,430. Real property, £16,888. Pop., 2,258. Houses, 484. The manor, with Beckett House, belongs to Viscount Barrington. S. House is the seat of A. Sartoris, Esq. There are several handsome villas. The living is a vicarage, with Watchfield chapelry, in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £550. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is later English. The p. curacy of Longcot is a separate benefice. There are a reading and news room, a national school, alms houses with £84 a year, and other charities £24. The sub-district contains five parishes, and two parts; and is in Faringdon district. Acres, 19,114. Pop., 4,521. Houses, 958. The hundred contains six parishes, and three parts. Acres, 30,590. Pop., 5,684. Houses, 1,188.

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

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Shrivenham with Beckett, a parish in the hund. of Shrivenham, union of Faringdon, county of Berks; 5 miles south-south-west of Great Faringdon, intersected by the Wilts and Berks canal, and the Great Western railway, which has an intermediate station here 70¾ miles from the Paddington terminus, and 6¼ from the Swindon station. The parish includes the tything of Bourton, the hamlet of Femham, the chapelry of Longcott, and the township of Watchfield.

Living, a vicarage, formerly in the archd. of Berks and dio. of Salisbury, now in the dio. of Oxford; rated at £20. Tithes commuted in 1789. Patron, the Crown. The church is a large and handsome Gothic structure. Here are 7 daily and 2 day and Sunday schools. There are 8 alms houses, endowed with £84 per annum. This was anciently a place of considerable importance, with a market and a fair, both long since discontinued. Acres 8,430. Houses 406. A.P. £12,901. Pop., in 1801, 1,599; in 1831, 2,113. Poor rates, in 1838, £336.

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


The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Becket, a tything in the parish and hund. of Shrivenham, county of Berks; 5½ miles south-west of Farringdon, in the vicinity of the Great Western railway. Soon after the conquest, this manor fell to the Crown, and the manor-house was occasionally made a royal residence. Dr Shute Barrington, late bishop of Durham, was born here in 1731. Pop. returned with the parish.

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


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.

Badcock John, Shrivenham, Berkshire, grocer and draper, Sept. 27, 1842.

Badcock Joseph, Shrivenham, Berkshire, draper, April 3, 1832,

Parish Records

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


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