Cholsey is an Ancient Parish in the county of Berkshire

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1539
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1607

Nonconformists include: Baptist and Primitive Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

CHOLSEY, a parish and a sub-district in Wallingford district, Berks. The parish lies on the Great Western railway, adjacent to the river Thames, 1½ mile NNW of Wallingford Road r. station, and 2½ SW of Wallingford; and has a post office under Wallingford. Acres, 4,447. Real property, £7,889. Pop., 1,127. Houses, 239. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged to Reading abbey; and passed to the Warwicks and Lord Kensington. A monastery was founded here, in 986, by Ethelred, to atone for his brother’s murder; and was given by Henry I. to Reading abbey. A very ancient stone barn, which belonged to the abbey-grange, is still standing, and measures 303 feet in length, 54 in width, and 51 in height. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £340. Patron, the Lord Chancellor. The church is partly Norman. -The sub-district contains ten parishes, and parts of two others. Acres, 22,811. Pop., 6,232. Houses, 1,357.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].


Vision of Britain historical maps


County: Berkshire
Civil Registration District: Wallingford
Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Berkshire
Diocese: Pre-1836 – Salisbury, Post-1835 – Oxford
Rural Deanery: Wallingford
Poor Law Union: Wallingford
Hundred: Reading
Province: Canterbury