Shaw  Berkshire


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Shaw like this:

SHAW-CUM-DONNINGTON, a parish in Newbury district, Berks; on the river Lambourn, 1½ mile N by E of Newbury r. station. It has a post-office, of the name of Donnington, under Newbury. Acres, 1, 989. Real property, £4, 857. Pop., 680. Houses, 152. S. manor, with S. House, belongs to H. ...

R. Eyre, Esq.; and D.manor, to W. H. H. Hartley, Esq. S. House dates from the time of Elizabeth; was garrisoned for Charles I., at the time of the second battle of Newbury; and has a hole in an oak-wainscot, through which a musket-ball passed while the king was dressing at the window. D. Castle belonged to the family of the poet Chaucer; is commonly, but erroneously, said to have been the poet's birth-place; was a centre of conflict in the civil wars of Charles I.; stood on the crown of a hill, shrouded among trees; was engirt, at the time of the wars, with entrenchments, still visible; and is now represented by only an ivy-cladgate-way flanked with tall towers, and by a piece of adjoining wall. D. Priory stands at the foot of the castlehill; was built in 1576; and occupies the site of a small Trinitarian priory, founded in 1394 by Sir R. Abberbury. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £623.* Patron, H. R. Eyre, Esq. The church was re-built in 1840, and is in the Norman style. There are a parochial school, an almshouse-hospital with £401 a year, and other charities £44.

Shaw through time

Shaw is now part of West Berkshire district. Click here for graphs and data of how West Berkshire has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Shaw itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Shaw in West Berkshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 18th July 2018

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