"WOODCOTT, a parish in the lower division of Pastrow hundred, county Hants, 6 miles N.W. of Whitchurch, and 8 S.W. of Newbury railway station. The parish contains two farmhouses and a few scattered cottages. There are some traces of the ancient seat of the Kingsmill family. The living is a donative curacy in the diocese of Winchester, value £20. The parochial register is said to be the most ancient extant in England. There is a free 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]
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