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"SHOTTESBROOK, a parish in the hundred of Beynhurst, county Berks, 4½ miles S.W. of Maidenhead, its post town. There was formerly a college for priests, founded by Sir William Trussel in 1337, the revenue of which at the Dissolution was valued at £42. The parish is intersected by the line of the Great Western railway, and is bounded on the S. by a branch of the river Loddon. The land is chiefly arable, with a small proportion of meadow and woodland. The soil is a mixture of earth and loam, resting upon a substratum of chalk. The living is a rectory,* with the vicarage of White-Waltham annexed, in the diocese of Oxford, joint value £610. The church, built in 1337, with the college, by Sir W. Trussel, whose tomb is in the S. transept, is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, and is a cruciform structure, with a tower, spire, and several stained windows. It contains three stone stalls under trefoil arches, a piscina, an octangular font, and several monuments and brasses, including one of a priest and franklin bearing date 1370; another of Lady Pennebrygg, bearing date 1401; and a monument to Henry Dodwell, the first Camden Professor of History at Oxford. The principal residence is Shottesbrooke House. The parochial charities produce about £16 per annum. At White-Waltham are remains of the hunting-seat of Prince Arthur, eldest son of Henry VII, now converted into a farmhouse."

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.

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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 some of the churches can be found below:

  • On 20 July 1757, the spire of Shottesbrooke parish church was struck by lightning, see Vol 54, 2011, page 2 of the Berkshire Echo.
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Description & Travel

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Gazetteers

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Historical Geography

  • Shottesbrook was in the hundred of Beynhurst

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History

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Maps

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

Shottesbrook was in the Cookham Union.  For more information, see Poorhouses.