West Shefford, Berkshire Family History Guide

West Shefford is an Ancient Parish in the county of Berkshire.

Other places in the parish include: Shefford Woodlands.

Alternative names: Great Shefford

Parish church: St Mary

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1571
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1606

Nonconformists include: Primitive Methodist and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

Shefford (West or Great), a village and a parish in Hungerford district, Berks. The village stands on the river Lambourn, 5½ miles N by W of Kintbury r. station, and 5½ NE by N of Hungerford; and has a post-office, of the name of Great S., under Hungerford. The parish contains also the hamlet of Shefford-Woodlands, which likewise has a post-office under Hungerford. Acres, 2,196. Real property, £3,806. Pop., 538. Houses, 123. The manor and most of the land belong to the Marquis of Downshire. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £856. Patron, Brasenose College, Oxford. The church is ancient but good; and has a round Norman tower, with octagonal perpendicular upper story. There are chapels for Wesleyans and Primitive Methodists, a parochial school, and charities £12.

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

Shefford (West), a parish in tie hund. of Kintbury-Eagle, county of Berks; 5¼ miles north-north-east of Hungerford, on the south-western bank of the Kennet. Living, a rectory, formerly in the archd. of Berks and dio. of Salisbury, now in the dio. of Oxford; rated at £14 13s. 4d.: gross income £889. Patrons, the principal and fellows of Brazen-nose college, Oxford. The Primitive Methodists have a church here, formed in 1830; and there are 4 daily schools. Charities, in 1836, £9 15s. per annum. Poor rates, in 1838, £100 9s. Acres 2,430. Houses 117. A. P. £3,316. Pop., in 1801. 422; in 1831, 559.

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

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

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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

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Death Records

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England Deaths and Burials, 1538-1991

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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

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England and Wales Census, 1871

England and Wales Census, 1881

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England and Wales Census, 1911


United Kingdom, Merchant Navy Seamen Records, 1835-1941

War and Conflict

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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

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