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"COMPTON, (or Compton Parva), a parish in the hundred of Compton, in the county of Berks, 2 miles E. of East Ilsley, and 6 from the Goring station of the Great Western railway. The village lies in a hollow or valley under Compton Down, hence its name. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Oxford, of the value of £270, in the patronage of J. P. Wasey, Esq. The church is an ancient Norman structure. The Primitive Methodists have a chapel.

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.


Archives and Libraries

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Historical Geography

  • Compton was in the hundred of Compton

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

Compton was in the Wantage Union.  For more information, see Poorhouses.