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"THEALE, a parish in the hundred of Reading, county Berks, 5 miles S.W. of Reading, its post town, and 12 from Newbury. It is a station on the Great Western railway. It is situated on the river Kennet. Until recently, it was a chapelry in the parish of Tilehurst, but was separated from it by Act of Parliament. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford, in the patronage of Magdalen College, Oxford. The church was erected in 1830 by Mrs. Sophia Sheppard. There is a National school with a small endowment."

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.


Archives and Libraries

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Church History

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Historical Geography

  • Theale was in the hundred of Reading

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

Theale was in the Bradfield Union.  For more information, see Poorhouses.