"ITCHINGSWELL, (or Ecchinswell), a parish in Kingsclere division, in the lower half of the hundred of Evingar, county Southampton, 2 miles to the N.W. of Kingsclere, and 6 S.E. of Newbury, its post town and nearest railway station, on the Great Western line. It includes the hamlet of Knightsbridge and several small places. A rivulet passes through the parish, from which it derives its name. The village is small and chiefly agricultural. The living is a vicarage* in the diocese of Winchester, value with the vicarage of Sydmonton annexed, £100, in the patronage of the Vicar of Kingsclere. The church is a small ancient structure dedicated to St. Lawrence. The Independents have a chapel, and there is a parochial school. The Earl of Carnarvon is lord of the manor. "
[From The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868) - transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]