"HATFORD, a parish in the hundred of Ganfield, county Berks, 3 miles S.E. of Faringdon, and 6 from Bampton. The village, which is small and wholly agricultural, is situated on the river Ock. The manor once belonged to Chaucer, the poet, whose daughter Alice conveyed it by marriage to De la Pole, Duke of Suffolk, at whose death it reverted to the crown. The land is divided between arable and meadow. The soil is sandy, with limestone subsoil. The tithes have been commuted for a rent-charge of £259. The living is a rectory* in the diocese of Oxford, value £322. The church, dedicated to St. George, is an ancient structure with a Norman doorway, and a small low turret at the W. end. It contains a monument to Sir Robert de Hatford, and a very ancient tomb, said to be that of Chaucer. There is a National school. Philip Pusey, Esq., is lord of the manor."
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:
- Hatford Holy Trinity is closed and has been sold for residential use.
- A Church Near You provides information about the present church.
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Hatford to another place.
- Hatford was in the hundred of Ganfield
You can see the administrative areas in which Hatford 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 SU336954 (Lat/Lon: 51.656389, -1.515685), Hatford which are provided by:
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- StreetMap (Current Ordnance Survey maps)
- Bing (was Multimap)
- OldMaps (Old Ordnance Survey maps.)
- Old Maps Online (Other old maps.)
- 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.)
Hatford was in the Faringdon Union. For more information, see Poorhouses.