"AVINGTON, a parish and pleasant village in the hundred of Kintbury Eagle, in the county of Berks, 2 miles to the E. of Hungerford. It lies in the pleasant open valley of the river Kennet. The Hungerford branch of the Great Western railway, and the Kennet and Avon canal run through the the diocese of Oxford, of the value of £300, in the patronage of Sir R. Burdett, Bart. The church is an interesting example of the Norman style, and contains a circular font, the sides of which are adorned with niched figures rudely sculptured. The principal mansion is Barton Court, the seat of Admiral Dundas, M.P."
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 from Berkshire FHS (members only) and from A Vision of Britain Through Time.
Descriptions of some of the churches can be found at:
- Avington St Mark & St Luke is sold for private use
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- Avington was in the hundred of Kintbury Eagle
You can see the administrative areas in which Avington has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.
You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SU366700 (Lat/Lon: 51.42783, -1.474954), Avington which are provided by:
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Avington was in the Hungerford Union. For more information, see Poorhouses.