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Letcombe Bassett

"LETCOMBE BASSETT, (or Upper Letcombe) a parish in the hundred of Kintbury-Eagle, county Berks, 3 miles S.W. of Wantage, its post town. The parish, which is of small extent, is situated in the Vale of the White Horse, near Letcombe Castle camp. It is crossed by the ancient Icknield Street, here called Ridge Way. The village is wholly agricultural. The land is chiefly arable. The tithes were commuted for land and a money payment under an Enclosure Act in 1772. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford, value £215, in the patronage of Corpus Christi College. The church, dedicated to All Saints, is a small structure with a square tower. The charities consist of a fuel allotment and of a few cottages for the poor. There is a place of worship for the Wesleyan Methodists. Dean Swift, while residing at the rectory, wrote his pamphlet entitled "Free Thoughts on the Present State of Affairs."

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.


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