"BEENHAM, (or Beenham Vallence), a parish in the hundred of Reading, in the county of Berks, 8 miles to the W. of Reading. It lies a little to the north of the river Kennet, and the Kennet and Avon canal. The living is a the diocese of Oxford, of the value of £250, in the patronage of Mr. Bushnell. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. The vicarage was once held by Thomas Stackhouse, author of the "History of the Bible." He died and was interred here in 1752. Near the village are Beenham House and Beenham Lodge.
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.
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Beenham was in the Bradfield Union. For more information, see Poorhouses.