Pangbourne  Berkshire


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

PANGBOURN, a village and a parish in Brad field district, Berks. The village stands on the river Pangnear its influx to the Thames at the boundary with Oxfordshire, and on the Great Western railway, 5½ miles W N W of Reading; presents a picturesque appearance; is much frequented by artists and anglers; and has a post-office‡ under Reading, a railway station with telegraph, a good hotel, and gas-works erected in 1862. ...

The parish comprises 1, 925 acres. Real property, £4,047. Pop., 753. Houses, 154. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged to the Bishops of Salisbury; was given, in 1230, to Reading abbey; went, at the dissolution, to Sir John Davies; and passed, in 1671, to John Breedon, Esq. Bere Court is the manor-house; was inhabited by the Abbots of Reading, and by Sir J. Davies; and is now the seat of E. A. Breedon, Esq. Pangbourn Lodge is the seat of R. J. Hopkins, Esq. Roman coins, urns, and other relics were found, during the formation of the Great Western railway, at Shooter-hill. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £600.* Patron, E. A. Breedon, Esq. The church was rebuilt in 1866, at a cost of £3, 860; is in the early decorated English style; and comprises nave with N aisle, chancel with aisle, S porch, vestry, and tower and spire 130 feet high. There are an Independentchapel, a national school, and charities £51.

Pangbourne through time

Pangbourne 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 Pangbourne itself, go to Units and Statistics.

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


Date accessed: 01st August 2021

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