West Hanney, Berkshire Family History Guide

West Hanney is an Ancient Parish in the county of Berkshire.

Other places in the parish include: East Hanney and Poughley.

Parish church: St. James

Parish registers begin: 1564

Nonconformists include:

Parishes adjacent to West Hanney

  • Charney Bassett
  • Garford
  • East Challow
  • Grove
  • Denchworth
  • Ardington
  • East Lockinge
  • West Hendred
  • Steventon
  • Wantage
  • Marcham
  • East Hendred
  • Drayton
  • Lyford
  • Sutton Courtenay

Historical Descriptions

The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales 1851

Hanney (West), a parish in the hund. and union of Wantage, county of Berks; 3¾ miles north-north-east of Wantage, on the eastern bank of the river Ock, and in the line of the Great Western railway, and the Berks and Wilts canal. It comprises the township of East Hanney, and the chapelry of Lyford. Living, a discharged vicarage, with the curacy of Lyford, formerly in the archd. of Berks and dio. of Salisbury, now in the dio. of Oxford; rated at £22 12s. 6d.; gross income £210. The church is a handsome Norman edifice. There are 4 daily schools here, 2 of which are endowed. Charities, in 1836, about £614 16s. 2d. per annum, £585 9s. of which consisted of the proceeds of Oliver Ashcombe’s endowment for 10 almshouses at Lyford, which are inhabited by 3 poor people from East Hanney, 3 from West Hanney, and 4 from Lyford. The annual expenditure from this charity, in 1836, amounted to £201 5s., and it was proposed to erect 8 new almshouses. Acres 3,060. Houses 231. A. P. £6,848. Pop., in 1801, 989; in 1831, 1,161. Poor rates, in 1838, £653 4s.

Source: The Parliamentary Gazetteer of England and Wales; A Fullarton & Co. Glasgow; 1851.


Marriages at West Hanney 1564-1837

Marriages at West Hanney 1564-1837 - UK Genealogy Archives


Hanney Kellys Berkshire Directory 1869

Hanney is a parish, consisting of the townships of East and West Hanney, in the hundred, union and county court district of Wantage, rural deanery of Wantage, archdeaconry of Berks, and diocese of Oxford.

West Hanney is near the line of the Great Western Railway and the Wilts and Berks Canal, about 4 miles north-north-east from Wantage, and 7½ from Abingdon. The church of St. James is a handsome Norman structure, with nave, chancel, south aisle, and square embattled tower containing 7 bells: in the chancel are some good brasses, chiefly belonging to the Ayshcombe family. The register dates from the year 1582. The living is a vicarage, annual value £205, with residence, in the gift of the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury, and held by the Rev. James Macdougal M.A., of Brasenose College, Oxford. A National school for boys and girls serves for both East and West Hanney. The principal landowners are Lt.-Colonel Loyd-Lindsay, M.P., W. Morrison, Esq., and the Messrs. Godfrey. The soil is loam; subsoil, clay and gravel. The chief crops are wheat, barley, beans and turnips. The township comprises 1,300 acres, and the population in 1861 was 384.

Post Office. — William Bursom, receiver. Letters arrive from Wantage at 8.30 a.m.; dispatched at 6.15 p.m. Wantage is the nearest money order office

East Hanney is situated on the river Ock, about 7 miles south-west from Abingdon, and 3½ north from Wantage. The Wantage road station of the Great Western Railway is situated about three quarters of a mile from the village. A chapel of ease, St. James-the-Less, has been erected, by subscription, from designs by O. E. Street, Esq.: it will seat upwards of 150 persons. The township comprises 600 acres of very rich arable land; the population in 1801 was 563.

Parish Clerk, James Bunce.

Post Office. — John Piggot, receiver. Letters arrive from Wantage at 8.15 a.m.; dispatched at 6.20 p.m. The nearest money order office is at Wantage

National School, Robert Frost, master; Miss Susan Frost, mistress

Carriers to : —

Abingdon — Benjamin Dunsdon & Charles Herman, to ‘Oxford Arms,’ monday

Oxford — Lloyd, from West Hanney, Saturday

Wantage — Benjamin Dunsdon & Charles Herman, to ‘Blue Boar,’ Wednesday & Saturday

West Hanney.

Chapman Mr. John

Macdougal Rev. James, M.A. [vicar], Vicarage


Athawes William, farmer

Belcher Alfred, wheelwright

Belcher James, wheelwright

Bullock John, farmer

Bunce James, mason

Carr Charles Prince, Lamb

Cox William, blacksmith

Fuller Thomas, shoe maker

Greenaway Joseph, farmer, Manor farm

Heading William, farmer

Higgs Stephen, shopkeeper

Lloyd Edwin, cattle dealer

Lloyd Henry, cattle dealer

Lloyd Richard, shopkeeper & beer retlr

Monk James, farmer

Talmage Edward, shopkeeper

Wheeler William (Mrs.), shopkeeper

Wicks John, beer retailer

East Hanney.

Jay Rev. Charles Ashfleld [curate]

Stephenson Mr. Thomas

Whitfield Mrs


Aldworth Charles, carpenter

Belcher Henry, shopkeeper

Betteridge Henry, farmer

Betteridge John, Crown

Cox Charles, blacksmith

Dandridge Dennis, farmer & miller

Dormer Thomas, farmer

Fisher John, farmer

Fisher Joseph, farmer

Godfrey William, Black Horse

Hammand Rebecca ( Mrs.), beer retailer

Herman Charles, shopkeeper

Herman John B. shopkeeper

Lalley Jethro, farmer

Lovegrove Charles, Plough

Lyford James, farmer

Lyford John, farmer

Piggot John, boot & shoe maker

Richards Benjamin, shopkeeper

Tyrrell Edward, farmer

Tyrrell John B. farmer

West Daniel, miller

Source: Post Office Directory of Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire; E. R. Kelly; Kelly & Co., London. 1869.


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