In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Stratfield Mortimer like this:
MORTIMER, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Bradfield district, all registrationally in Berks, but part of the parish electorally in Hants. The village stands on an affluent of the river Kennet, near the Reading and Basingstoke railway, and near the Roman way to Silchester, 1¼ mile N of the boundary with Hants, and 7½ SSW of Reading; and has a station on the railway, a post office ‡ under Reading, and fairs on 26 April and 6 Nov. ...
The parish bears the name of Mortimer-Stratfield; takes the latter part of that name from its intersection by the Roman way or street over a dreary heath; and ineludes the tything of Wokefield in Berks, and the tything of Mortimer-West-End in Hants. Acres, 6,400. Real property, £7,634. Pop. in 1851,1,346; in 1861,1,419. Mortimer Hill is the seat of SirS. P. Hunter, Bart; Warrens Wood, of the Right Hon. J. B. Mowbray; Mortimer House, of R. P. Smith, Esq.; Oakfield House, of R. Allfrey, Esq., and the Firs, of W. Forsyth, Esq. Much of the land is common or waste. There are traces of ancient camps; and there are two farms called Dane's Acres and Alfred's Acres, which may have been the scene of a battle. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £246. * Patron, Eton College. The church is ancient; consists of nave, aisle, and chancel, with a tower; and contains some ancient monuments. There are an Independent chapel and a national school. -The sub-district contains also seven other parishes. Acres, 22,402. Pop., 4,931. Houses, 1,050.
Stratfield Mortimer 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 Stratfield Mortimer itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Stratfield Mortimer in West Berkshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 27th March 2017
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