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"CHOLSEY, a respectable village in a parish of its name, in the hundred of Reading, is about two miles from Wallingford. Before the reformation this parish contained the largest and most compact farm in England; the rent amounting even in those early days to £1000 annually. The great barn in which the abbot of Reading deposited his tithes is still to be seen. The living of this parish is a vicarage, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor... The number of inhabitants, in 1821, was 975." [From Pigot & Co's Directory of Berkshire, 1830].

Other descriptions can be found from other periods in various trade directories covering Berkshire from the early 19th century onwards, the National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) and from A Vision of Britain Through Time.


Archives and Libraries

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Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

  • Cholsey was in the hundred of Reading

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

Cholsey was in the Wallingford Union.  For more information, see Poorhouses.