Besselsleigh  Berkshire


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

BESSELSLEIGH, a parish in Abingdon district, Berks; 3 miles NNW of Abingdon r. station. Post Town, Abingdon. Acres, 893. Real property, £950. Pop., 92. Houses, 22. The manor belonged anciently to the Leighs; passed by marriage to the Besils or Bessels; passed again by marriage to the Fettiplaces; was purchased by William Lenthall, Esq., speaker of the Long Parliament; and belongs now to his descendants. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £280.* Patron, K. J. W. Lenthall, Esq. The church is a small building, with chancel and belfry.

Besselsleigh through time

Besselsleigh is now part of Vale of White Horse district. Click here for graphs and data of how Vale of White Horse has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Besselsleigh itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Besselsleigh, in Vale of White Horse and Berkshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 05th December 2021

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