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"FINCHAMPSTEAD, a parish in the hundred of Charlton, county Berks, 4 miles S.W. of Wokingham, its post town, and 9 S.E. of Reading. The Wellington College station on the South-Eastern line is about 2½ miles S.E. of the village. The river Blackwater bounds the parish on the S., which includes the hamlet of West-court. The village is small, and wholly agricultural, but in the vicinity are several handsome residences. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Oxford, value £500. The church is an ancient Norman structure with square tower. It is dedicated to St. James, and contains some, monuments of old families. There are several charities arising from land and other property. There is a Baptist chapel and a free school. A fair is held on 23rd April for cattle at West-court."

From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland(1868). Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003.

Other descriptions can be found from other periods in various trade directories covering Berkshire from the early 19th century onwards and from A Vision of Britain Through Time.


Archives and Libraries

In addition to those listed on the Berkshire home page, see the Research Wiki from Family Search (the Church of Latter-day Saints (Genealogical Society of Utah))


Church History

Further information about some of the churches can be found below:


Description and Travel

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Click here for a list of nearby places.


Historical Geography

  • Finchampstead was in the hundred of Charlton

You can see the administrative areas in which Finchampstead has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • Royal Berkshire History

  • Reading Central Library hold copies of:
    • Chronicles of Finchampstead, Willam Lyon, 1895
    • The monumental inscriptions of Finchampstead, Berkshire : a catalogue of the monumental inscriptions in the church and churchyard of St James with additional information from W. Lyons "Chronicles of Finchampstead" and the War Memorial situated a mile from Church / by O. K. Butchart, Church Archivist.

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

Finchampstead was in the Wokingham Union.  For more information, see Poorhouses.