In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Speen like this:
SPEEN, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Newbury district, Berks. The village stands on Icknield-street, 1½ mile NW of Newbury r. station; occupies the site of the Roman station Spinæ; and has a post-office under Newbury. The parish includes the chapelries of Speenhamland and Stockcross, and the tythings of Bagnor, Church-Speen, Marsh-Benham, and Wood-Speen. ...
Acres, 3,780. Rated property, £10,706. Pop., 3,311. Houses, 718. The property is much subdivided. S. manor belongs to Earl Craven; and Church-S. manor to H. Best, Esq. Benham Park was the residence of the Margrave of Anspach. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £300.* Patron, the Bishop of b. The church was rebuilt in 1860. The p. curacies of.Speenhamland and Stockcross are separate benefices. Charities, £38.The sub-district contains 4 parishes. Acres, 21,108. Pop., 7,580. Houses, 1,668.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Speen in West Berkshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th March 2017
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