"HAGBOURNE, a parish in the hundred of Moreton, county Berks, 6 miles W. of Wallingford, its post town. It is situated on a small stream near the Great Western railway, and contains the hamlets of East and West Hagbourne. In 1644 the Earl of Essex quartered the parliamentary troops in this parish on their way from Reading to Abingdon. The soil is loamy. An Act of Parliament was obtained in 1840 for enclosing the waste lands. The village is pleasantly situated, and in the centre is an antique stone cross surmounted by a sundial. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Oxford, value £165. The church, dedicated to St. Andrew, is an ancient structure with square tower, containing eight bells. In the interior is a splendid monument of John Phillips, Esq., and a painting of King David with his harp. There are day and Sunday schools. The parochial charities produce £141 per annum, £95 of which is Eaton's endowment for apprenticing the children of the parish. The Earl of Craven is lord of the manor."
"EAST HAGBOURNE, a liberty in the parish of Hagbourne, hundred of Moreton, county Berks, 6 miles S.W. of Wallingford.
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.
Further information about some of the churches can be found below:
- A Church Near You provides information about the present church.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Hagbourne to another place.
- Hagbourne was in the hundred of Moreton
You can see the administrative areas in which Hagbourne 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 SU532884 (Lat/Lon: 51.591946, -1.233437), Hagbourne which are provided by:
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- 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.)
Hagbourne was in the Wallingford Union. For more information, see Poorhouses.