Speen, Berkshire Family History Guide

Speen is an Ancient Parish in the county of Berkshire.

Other places in the parish include: Wood Speen, Marsh Benham, Church Speen, and Bagnor.

Status: Ancient Parish

Parish church: St Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1629
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1614

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Parishes adjacent to Speen

Historical Descriptions


The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

SPEEN, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Newbury district, Berks. The village stands on Icknield-street, 1½ mile NW of Newbury r. station; occupies the site of the Roman station Spinæ; and has a post-office under Newbury. The parish includes the chapelries of Speenhamland and Stockcross, and the tythings of Bagnor, Church-Speen, Marsh-Benham, and Wood-Speen. Acres, 3,780. Rated property, £10,706. Pop., 3,311. Houses, 718. The property is much subdivided. S. manor belongs to Earl Craven; and Church-S. manor to H. Best, Esq. Benham Park was the residence of the Margrave of Anspach. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £300. Patron, the Bishop of b. The church was rebuilt in 1860. The p. curacies of.Speenhamland and Stockcross are separate benefices. Charities, £38. The sub-district contains 4 parishes. Acres, 21,108. Pop., 7,580. Houses, 1,668.

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

Speen, 1 m. N.W. Newbury. P. 3069

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


The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Benham, a tything in the parish of Speen, hund. of Kintbury-Eagle, county of Berks, 3 miles west of Speenhamland, on the post-road to Hungerford. Pop., in 1801, 256; in 1831 it was returned with the parish, with which also the other returns are given.

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

Leonard's Gazetteer of England and Wales 1850

Benham, 3 miles fr. Newbury. P. 316

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


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.

Munn George, Bagnor, Speen, Berks, paper manufacturer, Feb. 19, 1841.

Pocock Thomas, Speen, Berkshire, sheep dealer, Jan. 29. 1833.

Rogers Thomas, Speen Hill, Berkshire, victualler, May 1, 1832.

Stidolph William Hamlin, Bagnor Mill, Berkshire, paper maker, Feb. 6, 1827.

Parish Records

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County: Berkshire
Civil Registration District: Newbury
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Berkshire
Diocese: Pre-1836 - Salisbury, Post-1835 - Oxford
Rural Deanery: Newbury
Poor Law Union: Newbury
Hundred: Faircross; Kintbury Eagle
Province: Canterbury