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Sulhampstead Abbots

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"SULHAMPSTEAD ABBOTS, a parish in the hundred of Reading, county Berks, 6 miles S.W. of Reading, its post town. The village is situated near a branch of the Great Western railway, and is intersected by the Avon and Kennet navigation. The parish includes the hamlet of Graizeley. The living is a rectory annexed to that of Sulhampstead Banister, in the diocese of Oxford, value £600, in the patronage of Queen's College, Oxford. The church is dedicated to St. Mary or St. Bartholomew. The parochial charities produce about £25, of which £17 go to a Sunday-school. Sulhampstead House is the principal residence."

"GRAIZELEY, (or Grasley or Grazeley) a tything in the parish of Sulhampstead-Abbots, hundred of Reading, county Berks, 5 miles S.W. of Reading.

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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  • Church of England: Grazeley Holy Trinity is closed

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Historical Geography

  • Sulhampstead Abbots was in the hundred of Reading

You can see the administrative areas in which Sulhampstead Abbots has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



  • Sulhamstead House was the manor house of Sulhamstead Abbots and is now the Thames Valley Police's training centre and museum, more details from Wikipedia

Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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