"YATTENDON, a parish in the hundred of Faircross, county Berks, 12 miles N.W. of Reading, and 7 N.E. of Newbury. The village had formerly a market on Tuesdays, granted to Peter de "Etyndon" in 1258. A castle, said to have been inhabited by King Alfred, once occupied the site of the present manor-house, and a spot called England's Field is pointed out as the scene of a victory gained by that monarch over the Danes. The rectory was once held by Thomas Carte, the historian, who wrote part of his History of England while residing here, and, dying in 1754, was buried in the church. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Oxford, value £413. The church is dedicated to SS. Peter and Paul. A fair is held on 13th October. Thomas Howard, Esq., of Yattendon House, is lord of the manor.
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.