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White Waltham

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"WHITE WALTHAM, (or Abbas), a parish in the hundred of Beynhurst, county Berks, 4 miles S.W. of Maidenhead. The village is situated on the line of the Great Western railway, and near a branch of the river Loddon. The surface is level, and the soil a strong loam resting on chalk. The living is a vicarage* united to the rectory of Shottesbrook in 1744. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, contains two brasses, the earliest dating from 1445. There was formerly a chapel-of-ease at Feens. The Independents and Lady Huntingdon's Connexion have each a chapel, and there are National schools. At Bery Grove many Roman tiles, bricks, and coins have been discovered; and at Little Green is the house where Thomas Hearne, the antiquary, was born in 1680. In this parish is a farm called Snewin's House, said to have been the hunting seat of Prince Arthur, eldest son of Henry VII., and in which the learned Dodwell wrote his book "De Cyclis Veterum."

"ALTMORE, a place in the parish of White Waltham, in the county of 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 from Berkshire FHS (members only) and from A Vision of Britain Through Time.

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Historical Geography

  • White Waltham was in the hundred of Beynhurst
  • Littlewick Green was created from White Waltham in 1894

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    History

    • Air Transport Auxiliary transported Britain's warplanes during WW2 from factory to airfield and had their headquarters at White Waltham.  ATA memorabilia and records are held at the Maidenhead Heritage Centre.
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      Poor Houses, Poor Law

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

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