Becket, a tything in the parish and hund. of Shrivenham, county of Berks; 5½ miles south-west of Farringdon, in the vicinity of the Great Western railway. Soon after the conquest, this manor fell to the Crown, and the manor-house was occasionally made a royal residence. Dr Shute Barrington, late bishop of Durham, was born here in 1731. Pop. returned with the parish.
Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.