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"SANDHURST, in the hundred of Sonning, lies nearly five miles to the south-east of Wokingham. The manor belongs to Richard Heavyside esq. having been acquired, by purchase, from General Williamson, whose family had possessed it many years. The great tithes are impropriated to the dean of Salisbury. The dean is patron of the parochial chapel, which is subject to Sunning, and whithin his own peculiar jurisdiction. An extensive building is about to be erected in this parish, for the purpose of a military college, from the design of James Wyatt esq."
[From Lyson's Magna Britannia - Berkshire, 1806]

Other descriptions can be found from other periods in various trade directories covering Berkshire from the early 19th century onwards, The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868), transcribed by Colin Hinson and from A Vision of Britain Through Time.

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Archives & Libraries

In addition to those listed on the Berkshire home page, see the Research Wiki from Family Search (the Church of Latter-day Saints (Genealogical Society of Utah))

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Church History

Further information about only some of the churches can be found below:

  • Church of England:  
    • St Michael's, Sandhurst.  
    • Mission Church of St Mary - was daughter church of St Michael, was built and dedicated by the Bishop of Reading on the 23rd March 1889. It "sat on the corner of the bend in Wellington Road. Many local children will remember going to Sunday School there and the Revd. Clayton from Thibet Road holding services. It was demolished in the early 1960's and it was replaced with a timber framed building. The last sevice was held there on the 10th October 1998 and the whole plot is now clear of buildings awaiting planning permission for a curate's house to be built on the site." From Sandhurst: How it has Changed by Sandhurst Historical Society (Sept 2007).  
    • Royal Memorial Chapel (aka Royal Military Academy chapel), Sandhurst, incorporates earlier Christ Church (as a side chapel), located inside RMA grounds, so restricted access.  Baptism, marriage and burial records are with the verger; see staff for details.  
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Church Records

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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

  • Sandhurst was in the hundred of Sonning

You can see the administrative areas in which Sandhurst has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.

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History

  • Wellington College, Crowthorne - masters, etc., listed in the College Register issued in 1951, indexed by Mike Foster.
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Maps

You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SU857622 (Lat/Lon: 51.352424, -0.770729), Sandhurst which are provided by:

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

Sandhurst was in the Easthampstead Union.  For more information, see Poorhouses.