"GROVE is a civil parish, formed August 1832 out of that of Wantage, half a mile from Wantage Road station on the Great Western railway, and about 1 1/2 north from Wantage, and a branch of the river Ock passes through: it is in the Northern division of the county, petty sessional division, union and county court district of Wantage, rural deanery of Wantage, archdeaconry of Berks and diocese of Oxford. The ecclesiastical parish was formed in Mar 12 1835. The church of St James the Great, formerly a small and plain building of stone, consisting of nave only, with a western turret containing one bell, was entirely rebuilt of brick and stone 1900-01: it consists of nave with aisle: there was in ancient time a chapel here, dedicated to to St John the Baptist, which existed up to the beginning of the 18th century: the church, lately removed, was built in 1832 through the exertions of of the late Dr Richard Lynch Cotton, provost of Worcester College, Oxford, 1839-81, when the former dedication was changed ..."
From Kelly's Directory of Berkshire (1915), transcribed by Robert Monk ©2011.
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.
Further information about some of the churches can be found below:
- Church of England:
- St Michael is closed and sold for residential use.
- St John the Baptist church, previously St James the Great, Grove St John the Baptist chapel, St James church and St John the Baptist church from Berkshire FHS.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Grove to another place.
- Grove was in the hundred of Wantage
You can see the administrative areas in which Grove 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 SU401905 (Lat/Lon: 51.611909, -1.422288), Grove which are provided by:
- Google Maps
- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- Old Maps Online
- National Library of Scotland (Old Ordnance Survey maps)
- Vision of Britain (Click "Historical units & statistics" for administrative areas.)
- English Jurisdictions in 1851 (Unfortunately the LDS have removed the facility to enable us to specify a starting location, you will need to search yourself on their map.)
- Magic (Geographic information) (Click + on map if it doesn't show)
- GeoHack (Links to on-line maps and location specific services.)
Grove was in the Wantage Union. For more information, see Poorhouses.