"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 and from A Vision of Britain Through Time.