"SULHAMPSTEAD ABBOTS, a parish in the hundred of Reading, county Berks, 6 miles S.W. of Reading, its post town. The village is situated near a branch of the Great Western railway, and is intersected by the Avon and Kennet navigation. The parish includes the hamlet of Graizeley. The living is a rectory annexed to that of Sulhampstead Banister, in the diocese of Oxford, value £600, in the patronage of Queen's College, Oxford. The church is dedicated to St. Mary or St. Bartholomew. The parochial charities produce about £25, of which £17 go to a Sunday-school. Sulhampstead House is the principal residence."
"GRAIZELEY, (or Grasley or Grazeley) a tything in the parish of Sulhampstead-Abbots, hundred of Reading, county Berks, 5 miles S.W. of Reading.
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.
Further information about some of the churches can be found below:
- Church of England: Grazeley Holy Trinity is closed
- Congregational chapel - started 1850, building erected 1881, listed still in Kelly's directory of 1915, seems closed. No records at the BRO. For early history, see The History of the Congregational Churches in the Berks, etc
- Ask for a calculation of the distance from Sulhampstead Abbots to another place.
- Sulhampstead Abbots was in the hundred of Reading
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Sulhampstead Abbots was in the Bradfield Union. For more information, see Poorhouses.