"FAWLER, a hamlet in the parish of Sparsholt, hundred of Shrivenham, county Berks, 4 miles W. of Wantage."
"KINGSTON LISLE, a chapelry in the parish of Sparsholt, hundred of Shrivenham, county Berks, 7 miles from Farringdon, and 5 W. of Wantage, its post town. It is situated on the old Roman road Port Way. Near the village is a singular stone called the "blowing stone," which is perforated, and was brought from the neighbouring hills. This stone, if blown through, produces a sound that can be heard several miles. The living is a curacy annexed to the vicarage* of Sparsholt, in the diocese of Oxford. The church, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, is a small rough structure, with tower containing two bells. There is a place of worship for Baptists. E. M. Atkins, Esq., is lord of the manor. There is a meet for the old Berkshire hounds."
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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- Sparsholt was in the hundreds of Wantage and Shrivenham
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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference SU340872 (Lat/Lon: 51.582639, -1.510697), Sparsholt which are provided by:
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Sparsholt was in the Wantage Union. For more information, see Poorhouses.