"BRAY, a parish in the hundred of Bray, in the county of Berks, 14 miles to the E. of Reading. Maidenhead is its post town. It is pleasantly situated on the banks of the river Thames, near Monkey Island, and contains part of the town of Maidenhead, which is a station on the Great Western railway. Bray forms part of the liberty of Windsor Forest, and retains some in the diocese of Oxford, of the value of £500, in the patronage of the bishop. The church, a spacious building partly in the early English, partly in the perpendicular style of architecture, is dedicated to St. Michael. It was entirely restored and partly rebuilt in 1862, under the direction of T. Wyatt, the architect. It has recently been enriched with stained-glass windows, and contains several monumental brasses, the earliest bearing the date of 1370, and some old family tombs." (more....)
"BOYNE HILL, a chapelry in the parish of Bray, in the county of Berks. Maidenhead is its post town. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of Oxford, value £120, in the patronage of the bishop The church, which has been recently erected, is dedicated to All Saints."
"MONKEY ISLAND, an islet in the Thames, in the parish of Bray, county Berks, 2 miles S.E. of Maidenhead. It derives its name from a rustic seat built upon it by the Duke of Marlborough, the panels of which are whimsically adorned with monkeys."
"PINKNEYS GREEN, a hamlet in the parish of Bray, county Berks, 2 miles N.W. of Maidenhead."
"TEMPLE HOUSE, a hamlet in the parishes of Bray and Cookham, county Berks, 4 miles N.W. of Maidenhead. It is situated on the Thames, and contains Temple Mills copper-works."
"TOUCHES [aka Touchen End?], a division in the parish and hundred of Bray, county Berks."
"WATER-OAKLEY, a division in the parish and hundred of Bray, county Berks."
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.