North Hinksey Berkshire & Oxfordshire Family History Guide

North Hinksey is an Ecclesiastical Parish partly in Berkshire and partly in Oxfordshire; Created in 1726 from chapelry in Cumnor Ancient Parish.

Alternative names: Ferry Hinksey, Hinksey Ferry, Lawrence Hinksey, North Hinksey

Other places included in the parish: Botley

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1703
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1607

Nonconformists include:

Adjacent Parishes

  • Oxford St Aldate
  • South Hinksey
  • Oxford St Thomas the Martyr
  • Seacourt
  • Cumnor

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

HINKSEY (NORTH), or Ferry-Hinksey, a village and a parish in Abingdon district, Berks. The village stands on the river Isis, at the boundary with Oxfordshire, ½ a mile SW of Oxford r. station; is reached, from Oxford, by a ferry; and was anciently called Hengestesigge. A visitor to it says, respecting it, but might have said more suitably respecting South Hinksey:- "Down the woodlands on the left yon descend into old, old, dry walled, tottering, time worn Hinksey. This most Arcadian village, as secluded as a wood pigeon's nest, as tranquil as the grotto of Silence, the home of none but simplest peasantry, is scarce the flit of a butterfly from Oxford, that great laboratory of mind:- ' Not a bow shot from the college, Half the globe from sense and knowledge, ' Happy Hinksey !-the tree of knowledge is still fatal; and whoever tastes of its fruit his state of paradisiacal simplicity expires. Once more then happy Hinksey ! Up and down its stony lanes, and by its limpid, lightfooted stream, the only babbler to be heard in the place, along its grey, mossy bearded, mouldering walls, I wander for hours through a solitude as deep as that of a savannah." The parish contains also the hamlet of Botley. Post town, Oxford. Acres, 900. Real property, £2, 520. Pop., 438. Houses, 92. The property is much subdivided. The manor was given, in 955, to Abingdon abbey; and belongs now to the Earl of Abingdon. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £97. Patron, alternately the Earl of Abingdon and the Rev. W. G. V. Harcourt. The church has a fine Norman doorway, and a good font of the decorated period; was reported, in 1859, as not good, but has since been repaired with red and black tiles, and with oaken substantial seats; and contains the tomb of Thomas Willis, who fell in the siege of Oxford in 1643, and a monument to W. Finmore, Fellow of St. John's in 1646. The churchyard has remains of a decorated cross with fluted shaft. There is a national school.

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

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