Sonning Village Berkshire

Sonning is an Ancient Parish in the county of Berkshire.

Other places in the parish include: Woodley and Sandford, Woodley, Sonning Town, and Sandford.

Alternative names:

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1592
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1592

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Primitive Methodist, and Roman Catholic.

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Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SONNING, a village and a hundred in Berks, and a parish in Berks and Oxford. The village stands on the Thames, 2 miles W by N of Twyford r. station, and 3 ENE of Reading; was the seat of a bishopric, afterwards removed to Sherborne, and finally to Salisbury; retained an episcopal palace till the time of Elizabeth; contains a house in which Sydney Smith wrote “Peter Plymley’s Letters;’’ and has a post-office under Reading, and an excellent inn. The parish comprises the liberties of S.-Town, Earley, and Woodley and Sandford, in Wokingham district, Berks, and the liberty of Eye and Dunsden in Henley district, Oxford. Acres, 9,813. Rated property, £15,083. Pop., 2,747. Houses, 566. Holme Park, Bulmershe Court, Earley Court, and Maiden Earley are chief residences. A cattle market is held every Monday at Loddon-Bridge. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £514. Patron, the Bishop of O. The church was restored in 1853. A chapel of ease is in Eye and Dunsden. The p. curacy of Earley is a separate benefice. There are an endowed school with £30 a year, a national school, church lands £54, and general charities £101. The Reading cemetery also is in the parish. The hundred contains 3 parishes, and 3 parts. Acres, 22,119. Pop., 8,268. Houses, 1,570.

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

Sonning, a parish partly in the hund. of Binfield, county of Oxford, but chiefly in the hund, of Sonning, union of Wokingham, county of Berks; 2½ miles east-north-east of Reading, on the south eastern bank of the Thames, betwixt it and the line of the Great Western railway, which is here carried through a very deep cutting. The parish includes the liberties of Early and Eye with Dunsden, and the township of Sandford with Woodley. Living, a vicarage, formerly in the dio. of Salisbury, now in the dio. of Oxford; rated at £26 7s. 1d.; gross income £614. Tithes commuted in 1816. Patron, in 1841, R. Palmer, Esq. Here are 14 daily schools, one of which is endowed with £25 per annum, another with £10. Other charities, in 1836, £109 3s. per annum, of which part was applied to parochial purposes, and part to apprenticing poor children. Poor rates, in 1838, £232 13s. The manor of Sonning was held by the bishops of Salisbury at the time of the Conquest, and the manor-house was, for some centuries afterwards, their occasional residence. Acres 9,450. Houses 403 A.P. £9,296. Pop., in 1801, 1,938; in 1831, 2,568.

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.

Knott Henry, Sonning, Berkshire, builder, March 2, 1841

Parish Records

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England, Berkshire, Sonning – Cemeteries ( 1 )
The monumental inscriptions of Sonning, St. Andrew’s Church burial ground, 0909-1993
Author: Berkshire Family History Society (England)

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

England, Berkshire, Sonning – Church records ( 7 )
Bishop’s transcripts for Sonning, 1592-1835
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Sonning (Berkshire)

Kidmore-End St. John the Baptist Oxfordshire parish registers
Author: Johnson, Joan, 1915-; Johnson, Harry; Church of England. Chapelry of Kidmore-End

Oxfordshire parish register transcripts : South Oxon Registration District
Author: Oxfordshire Family History Society

Parish chest and poor law records for Sonning, 1715-1899
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Sonning (Berkshire); Sonning (Berkshire)

Parish registers for Sonning, 1592-1964
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Sonning (Berkshire)

Parish registers for St. Bartholomew’s Church, Earley, 1878-1985
Author: Church of England. St. Bartholomew’s Church (Earley, Berkshire)

Parish registers for St. Peter’s Church, Earley, 1854-1940
Author: Church of England. St. Peter’s Church (Earley, Berkshire)

England, Berkshire, Sonning – History ( 1 )
Memorials of the church and parish of Sonning : together with a memoir of the writer
Author: Pearson, Hugh

England, Berkshire, Sonning – Land and property ( 1 )
Parish chest and poor law records for Sonning, 1715-1899
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Sonning (Berkshire); Sonning (Berkshire)

England, Berkshire, Sonning – Manors – Court records ( 1 )
Court rolls of the manor of Sonning, Berkshire, 1548-1549
Author: Manor of Sonning. Court (Berkshire)

England, Berkshire, Sonning – Poorhouses, poor law, etc. ( 1 )
Parish chest and poor law records for Sonning, 1715-1899
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Sonning (Berkshire); Sonning (Berkshire)

England, Berkshire, Sonning – Public records ( 1 )
Endowed charities, county of Berkshire : Sonning, including Earley and Woodley and Sandford

England, Berkshire, Sonning – Schools ( 1 )
Admission registers, 1865-1945
Author: Sonning Church of England School (Sonning, Berkshire)

England, Berkshire, Sonning – Taxation ( 1 )
Parish chest and poor law records for Sonning, 1715-1899
Author: Church of England. Parish Church of Sonning (Berkshire); Sonning (Berkshire)

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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


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  • County: Berkshire
  • Civil Registration District: Wokingham
  • Probate Court: Court of the Peculiar of the Dean of Salisbury
  • Diocese: Pre-1836 – Salisbury, Post 1835 – Oxford
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 – Salisbury, Post-1846 – Reading
  • Poor Law Union: Wokingham
  • Hundred: Charlton; Sonning
  • Province: Canterbury

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