Hurst  Berkshire


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

HURST, a liberty and a parish in Wokingham district, Berks. The liberty bears the name of Whistley-in-Hurst; lies 2¼ miles S of Twyford r. station, and 3¼ NNW of Wokingham; includes part of Twyford hamlet; and has a post office, of the name of Hurst, under Twyford, Berkshire. Real property, £4, 855. ...

Pop., 1, 178. Houses, 251. The parish contains also the liberties of Newland, Winnersh, and Broad Hinton. Acres, 6, 845. Real property, £12, 733. Pop. in 1851, 2, 465; in 1861, 2, 630. Houses, 547. The property is much subdivided. The manor of Whitly belongs to Lord Braybrooke. Bearwood House is the seat of J. Walter, Esq.; was rebuilt in 1866; contains a fine collection of pictures, chiefly of the Dutch school; and stands in a large park of much beauty, and with much wild forest character. The living is a vicarage united with the chapelry of Twyford, in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £400. Patron, the Bishop of Oxford. The church is of various dates from the 12th to the 17th century; has a tower of 1612; comprises nave, large aisle, chancel, and chancelaisle; and contains an elaborately carved screen, a carved oak pulpit, two brasses of the 16th and 17th centuries, and a splendid monument to the widow of Sir Henry Saville of the 17th century. There is a chapel in Twyford, built in 1847. The rectory of Bearwood is a separate benefice. There is a large national school, an edifice in the Tudor style. There are also alms houses, with about £100 a year, and other charities with £341.

Hurst through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 18th January 2022

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