"SULHAMPSTEAD BANNISTER, a parish in the hundred of Theale, county Berks, half a mile N.W. of Sulhampstead Abbots, and 6½ miles S.W. of Reading, its post town. The village is situated on the river Kennet. The living is a rectory annexed to that of Sulhampstead Abbots, in the diocese of Oxford. The church is dedicated to St. Michael. There is a National school for both sexes."
"MAYLES, a hamlet in the parish of Sulhampstead Bannister, hundred of Theale, county Berks."
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.