Wokingham Genealogical Records

Wokingham Birth & Baptism Records

England & Wales Birth Index (1837-2006)

An index to births registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of birth certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Berkshire Birth Index (1837-2012)

An index to births registered in Berkshire. This index lists sub-registration district, which helps to narrow down your search.

FreeBMD Births (1837-1957)

An index to births registered at the central authority for England & Wales. The index provides the area where the birth was registered, mother's maiden name from September 1911 and a reference to order a birth certificate.

British Army Birth Index (1761-2005)

An index to births registered to British Army personal at home and abroad.

Birth Notices from The Times (1983-2003)

An index to over 100,000 birth and christening notices from The London Times.

Wokingham Marriage & Divorce Records

England & Wales Marriage Index (1837-2005)

An index to marriages registered throughout England & Wales. This is the only national marriage index that allows you to search by both spouse's names. Provides a reference to order copies of marriage certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Sailsbury (or Sarum) Diocese Marriage Licences (1609-1837)

An index to over 75,000 marriage bonds covering the counties of Wiltshire, Berkshire, Dorset & Devon. The index can be used to order the original documents, which may supply details not listed in marriage registers, such as age and parents' names.

Berkshire Marriage Index (1837-2012)

An index to Marriages registered in Berkshire. This index lists sub-registration district, which helps to narrow down your search.

Vicar General’s Office Marriage Licences (1600-1679)

Abstracts of marriage licences granted by the Vicar-General in London. These licences could be used to marry in any church in the Province of Canterbury.

UK Divorce Records (1858-1911)

Digital images of documents from civil divorce cases. The cases cover both the cause of the case and the outcome, such as division of property and visitation rights. These records also contain details of illegitimate children. Cases can be searched by a name index.

Wokingham Death & Burial Records

England & Wales Death Index (1837-2006)

An index to deaths registered throughout England & Wales. Provides a reference to order copies of death certificates from the national registrar of births, marriages and deaths – the General Register Office.

Berkshire Death Index (1837-2012)

An index to deaths registered in Berkshire. This index lists sub-registration district, which helps to narrow down your search.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

FreeBMD Deaths (1837-1964)

An index to deaths registered at the central authority for England and Wales. To 1866, only the locality the death was registered in was listed. Age was listed until 1969, when the deceased's date of birth was listed. Provides a reference to order a death certificate, which has further details.

British Army Death Index (1796-2005)

An index to deaths of British Army personal at home and abroad.

Wokingham Church Records

The Baptists of Berkshire (1650-1951)

A book detailing the history of the Baptist church in Berkshire, from origins, to persecution, to consolidation.

Congregational Church in the Berks, Oxon & Bucks (1414-1905)

A history of Congregationalism in Berkshire, South Oxfordshire and South Buckinghamshire, with profiles of each church.

Historic Churches in Berkshire (1100-2000)

Histories and photographs of Berkshire churches, shrines, abbeys and priories.

Thames Valley Papists (303-1829)

A well illustrated book, outlining the history of Catholics in the Thames Valley, with special notice to conspiracies, executions etc.

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

Wokingham Census & Population Lists

England, Wales, IoM & Channel Islands 1911 Census (1911)

The 1911 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1901 British Census (1901)

The 1901 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1891 British Census (1891)

The 1891 census provides details on an individual's age, residence, place of birth, relations and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows searches on for multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

1881 British Census (1881)

The 1881 census provides details on an individual's age, residence and occupation. FindMyPast's index allows for searches on multiple metrics including occupation and residence.

British Phone Books (1880-1984)

Directories containing over 275,000,000 entries. As well as name, address and phone number, occupations are often recorded. A useful census substitute.

Wokingham Wills & Probate Records

England & Wales National Probate Calendar (1858-1966)

Searchable index and original images of over 12.5 million probates and administrations granted by civil registries. Entries usually include the testator's name, date of death, date of probate and registry. Names of relations may be given.

Salisbury Diocese Probate Index & Images (1540-1858)

An index with an option to purchase digital images of wills proved within Sailsbury Diocese, which covered parts of Wiltshire, Berkshire, Dorset & Devon.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1649-1660)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1595)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Prerogative Court of Canterbury Admon Index (1581-1619)

An index to estate administrations performed by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. The index covers the southern two thirds of England & Wales, but may also contain entries for northerners.

Newspapers Covering Wokingham

Windsor and Eton Express (1839)

Local news; notices of births, marriages and deaths; business notices; details on the proceedings of public institutions; adverts and a rich tapestry of other local information from the New Windsor district. Every line of text from the newspaper can be searched and images of the original pages viewed.

Reading Mercury (1770-1903)

A database allowing full text searches of a newspaper covering local news, family announcements, obituaries, court proceedings, business notices and more in the Reading area.

Western Gazette (1863-1950)

A regional newspaper covering the counties of Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire Hampshire and Berkshire. It covers local and national news, family announcements, business news, legal proceedings and more.

Berkshire Chronicle (1825-1877)

A conservative newspaper, publishing local news, family notices etc. It has a particular interest in agriculture.

The Daily Herald (1926)

A London newspaper that later became The Sun.

Wokingham Obituaries

iAnnounce Obituaries (2006-Present)

The UKs largest repository of obituaries, containing millions of searchable notices.

United Kingdom and Ireland Obituary Collection (1882-Present)

A growing collection currently containing over 425,000 abstracts of obituaries with reference to the location of the full obituary.

Quakers Annual Monitor (1847-1848)

A collection of 364 obituaries of Quakers from the British Isles. The volume was published in 1849 and includes obituaries of those who died in late 1847 through 1848.

Musgrave's Obituaries (1421-1800)

This transcribed and searchable work by Sir William Musgrave contains 10,000s of brief obituaries. The work is a reference point for other works containing information on an individual.

British Medical Journal (1849-Present)

A text index and digital images of all editions of a journal containing medical articles and obituaries of medical practitioners.

Wokingham Cemeteries

Berkshire Church Monuments (1300-1900)

Photographs and descriptions of Berkshire's most illustrious church monuments, often featuring effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Hampshire Church Monuments (1400-1700)

Photographs and descriptions of some of Hampshire's most illustrious church monuments. They often feature effigies, medieval inscriptions and heraldic devices.

Deceased Online (1629-Present)

Images of millions of pages from cemetery and crematoria registers, photographs of memorials, cemetery plans and more. Records can be search by a name index.

Billion Graves (1200-Present)

Photographs and transcriptions of millions of gravestones from cemeteries around the world.

Maritime Memorials (1588-1950)

Several thousand transcribe memorials of those connected with the nautical occupations.

Wokingham Directories & Gazetteers

Webster's Reading Directory (1874)

Directory of Reading and 10 miles around.

Kelly's Directory of Berkshire (1915)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key contemporary and historical facts. Each place has a list of residents and businesses. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions.

Kelly's Directory of Berkshire (1907)

A comprehensive place-by-place gazetteer, listing key historical and contemporary facts. Contains details on local schools, churches, government and other institutions. Also contains a list of residents and businesses for each place.

Kelly's Directory of Berkshire (1903)

A directory of residents and businesses; with a description of each settlement, containing details on its history, public institutions, churches, postal services, governance and more.

Kelly's Directory of Berkshire (1899-1939)

A collection of directories detailing the history, agriculture, topography, economy and leading commercial, professional and private residents of Berkshire.

Act Books of the Archbishops of Canterbury (1663-1859)

An index to names and places mentioned in act books of the Province of Canterbury. It records various licences and conferments, such as marriage and physician licences.

High Sheriffs of Berkshire (1066-1566)

A list of the county's high sheriffs, some with links to biographies.

Home Office Prison Calendars (1868-1929)

Records of over 300,000 prisoners held by quarter sessions in England & Wales. Records may contain age, occupation, criminal history, offence and trial proceedings.

Central Criminal Court After-trial Calendars (1855-1931)

Over 175,000 records detailing prisoner's alleged offences and the outcome of their trial. Contains genealogical information.

Prison Hulk Registers (1802-1849)

From the late 18th century many prisoners in Britain were kept on decommissioned ships known as hulks. This collection contains nearly 50 years of registers for various ships. Details given include: prisoner's name, date received, age, year of birth and conviction details.

Wokingham Taxation Records

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

Duties Paid for Apprentices' Indentures (1710-1811)

An index linked to original images of registers recording apprenticeship indentures. Details are given on the trade and nature of apprenticeship. Many records list the parents of the apprentice.

Red Book of the Exchequer (1066-1230)

A compilation of records from the Court of the Exchequer primarily dealing with taxes and land. These records are in Latin.

Index to Death Duty Registers (1796-1903)

An index to wills and administrations that incurred a death duty tax. The index can be used to order documents that give a brief abstract of the will and details on the duty. It can be used as a make-shift probate index.

Index to the Royalist Composition Papers (A-F) (1646-1656)

Index to personal names listed in the Royalist Composition Papers that dealt with the estates of royalists.

Wokingham Land & Property Records

Enclosure in Berkshire (1738-1883)

Digital images of maps recording the distribution of common land. Maps can be viewed by location and an interactive map. Also includes award documents, which can be searched by name.

Berkshire Domesday Extracts (1066)

Extracts for Berkshire settlements found in the Domesday book. Includes the modern & 11th century place name, land owners and details of later history.

Land Tax Redemption (1798-1811)

This vital collection details almost 1.2 million properties eligible for land tax. Records include the name of the landowner, occupier, amount assessed and sometimes the name and/or description of the property. It is a useful starting point for locating relevant estate records and establishing the succession of tenancies and freehold. Most records cover 1798, but some extend up to 1811.

UK Poll Books and Electoral Rolls (1538-1893)

Poll books record the names of voters and the direction of their vote. Until 1872 only landholders could vote, so not everyone will be listed. Useful for discerning an ancestor's political leanings and landholdings. The collection is supplemented with other records relating to the vote.

Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem (1236-1291)

Abstracts of records detailing the estates and families of deceased tenants from the reigns of Henry III and Edward I.

Wokingham Occupation & Business Records

Broadmoor Revealed (1863-2013)

A book primarily detailing the famous and not-so-famous inmates of Berkshire's famous lunatic asylum.

Berkshire Police Examination Books (1856-1929)

A name index to records that detail appointment to the Berkshire police.

Horse-racing in Berkshire (1830-1897)

An article outlining the development of horse-racing in Berkshire.

Berkshire Pub Histories (1820-Present)

Histories of Berkshire pubs, with photographs and lists of owners or operators.

South England Mines Index (1896)

Profiles of coal and metal mines in the south of England.

Wokingham School & Education Records

Eton School Lists (1791-1850)

A list of boys who attended Eton School, with many short biographical and genealogical details.

Old Public School Boys' Who's Who - Eton (1933)

A biographical directory of Old Etonians who were living in 1933. Contains details on the individual's parents, spouse, and siblings, personal achievements, career and address.

Teacher's Registration Council Registers (1870-1948)

A name index linked to original images of registers recording the education and careers of teachers in England & Wales.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Cambridge University Alumni (1261-1900)

A transcript of a vast scholarly work briefly chronicling the heritage, education and careers of over 150,000 Cambridge University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Pedigrees & Family Trees Covering Wokingham

Berkshire Gentry Families (1200-1838)

A number of pedigrees and family histories, including heraldry and extracts from visitations.

Victoria County History: Berkshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Pedigrees of Berkshire Families (1066-1837)

Hand-draw genealogical charts covering Berkshire's gentry. Includes descriptions of coats of arms.

Pedigrees of Berkshire Families (1000-1837)

A manuscript-book detailing notable Berkshire families. Includes biographical details, coats of arms and historical notes.

Ford's Landed Gentry of Berkshire (1000-2004)

A genealogical database with pedigrees of Berkshire gentry families.

Wokingham Royalty, Nobility & Heraldry Records

Berkshire Gentry Families (1200-1838)

A number of pedigrees and family histories, including heraldry and extracts from visitations.

Victoria County History: Berkshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Pedigrees of Berkshire Families (1066-1837)

Hand-draw genealogical charts covering Berkshire's gentry. Includes descriptions of coats of arms.

Visitations of Berkshire: 1532, 1566, 1623 & 1664-6 (1000-1666)

Four works rendering 16th and 17th century heraldic visitations in pedigree form. These works may list the lineage, marriage and collateral lines of Berkshire families who had the right to bear a coat of arms.

Pedigrees of Berkshire Families (1000-1837)

A manuscript-book detailing notable Berkshire families. Includes biographical details, coats of arms and historical notes.

Wokingham Military Records

Berkshire & Wiltshire War Diaries (1914-1945)

Transcriptions of war diaries covering 15 regiments during World War I & II. The records detail war action and record names, generally those of officers.

War Service of the 1/4 Royal Berkshire Regiment (1914-1918)

A narrative of the regiment's movements during World War I. Includes a list of the regiment's personnel and decorations.

West Berkshire War Memorials (1914-1945)

A list of memorials recording those who fought and died in the world wars. Includes photographs and lists of names adorning them.

8th Royal Berkshire Regiment Officers (1914-1918)

An investigation into the officers of the regiment during WWI. Includes some primary source material.

Berkshire WWI Memorials (1914-1918)

A list of names found on World War One monuments in Berkshire, with some service details.

Wokingham Immigration & Travel Records

Passenger Lists Leaving UK (1890-1960)

A name index connected to original images of passenger lists recording people travelling from Britain to destinations outside Europe. Records may detail a passenger's age or date of birth, residence, occupation, destination and more.

UK Incoming Passenger Lists (1878-1960)

A full index of passenger lists for vessels arriving in the UK linked to original images. Does not include lists from vessels sailing from European ports. Early entries can be brief, but later entries may include dates of births, occupations, home addresses and more. Useful for documenting immigration.

Alien Arrivals in England (1810-1869)

Details on over 600,000 non-British citizens arriving in England. Often includes age and professions. Useful for discerning the origin of immigrants.

17th Century British Emigrants to the U.S. (1600-1700)

Details on thousands of 17th century British immigrants to the U.S., detailing their origins and nature of their immigration.

Migration from North America to Britain & Ireland (1858-1870)

A list of over 40,000 passengers traveling from North America to the British Isles. Details of passengers may include: occupation, nationality, gender, age, martial status, class, destination, and details of the vessel they sailed on.

Wokingham Histories & Books

Victoria County History: Berkshire (1086-1900)

A detailed history of the county's hundreds, parishes and religious houses.

Berkshire Towns & Villages (2000 BC-2004)

Profiles of over 100 towns and villages in Berkshire, illustrated with photographs.

Berkshire Legends (849-1920)

A number of Berkshire legends and folk tales, including ballads and ghost stories.

Berkshire Church Photographs (1890-Present)

Photographs and images of churches in Berkshire.

Berkshire Boundaries and Population (1834-2001)

A history of some of Berkshire's boundaries and its population in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Biographical Directories Covering Wokingham

Eton School Lists (1791-1850)

A list of boys who attended Eton School, with many short biographical and genealogical details.

Berkshire Biographies (456-1900)

Over 300 biographies of Berkshire men and women.

Old Public School Boys' Who's Who - Eton (1933)

A biographical directory of Old Etonians who were living in 1933. Contains details on the individual's parents, spouse, and siblings, personal achievements, career and address.

Berkshire Aviators (1927-1960)

Biographies of the earliest Berkshire residents to take to the air.

Oxford University Alumni (1500-1886)

A name index linked to original images of short biographies for over 120,000 Oxford University students. This is a particularly useful source for tracing the ancestry of the landed gentry.

Wokingham Maps

Enclosure in Berkshire (1738-1883)

Digital images of maps recording the distribution of common land. Maps can be viewed by location and an interactive map. Also includes award documents, which can be searched by name.

Berkshire Parish Map (1841-1895)

A map naming and delineating parishes in the county of Berkshire. Also outlines poor law unions.

Maps of Berkshire (1607-1892)

A collection of digitalised maps covering the county.

John Fisher's Map of Berkshire (1840)

A map of the country depicting settlements, rail lines, roads, forests etc.

Berkshire Maps (1610-2004)

A selection of Berkshire maps, particularly from the early modern period. Includes a map showing royalist and parliamentarian divisions in the county.

Wokingham Reference Works

England Research Guide (1538-Present)

A beginner’s guide to researching ancestry in England.

Parish Register Abstract (1538-1812)

Compiled in 1831, this book details the coverage and condition of parish registers in England & Wales.

Building History Research Guide (1066-Present)

A comprehensive guide to researching the history of buildings in the British Isles.

Surname Origins (1790-1911)

A service that provides advanced and custom surname maps for the British Isles and the US.

British Family Mottoes (1189-Present)

A dictionary of around 9,000 mottoes for British families who had right to bear arms.

Wokingham Information

Ecclesiastical Juristiction:

  • Canterbury province
    • Sarum diocese
      • Sarum archdeaconry
        • Salisbury Sub Deanery deanery
      • Oxford diocese
        • Berkshire archdeaconry
          • Reading deanery

      Historical Description

      Wokingham or Oakingham, about seven miles from Reading. This is a large market town, in the hundred of Sunning, situated on the edge of Windsor Forest, partly in Berkshire, and partly in an in ulated part of Wiltshire, before mentioned. It consists of several streets, which meeting in the centre, form a spacious area, in which the market house is situated. Over the market house, which is an ancient timber building, is the Town Hall, wherein the public business is transacted.

      The government of the town is vested in an alderman, eleven capital burgesses, a high steward, a recorder, and a town-clerk.

      The market is on Tuesdays, and is particularly famous for its abundant supply of poultry, which however is soon bought up by the London higlers.

      According to the returns under the population act, there were in the year 1801, 1380 inhabitants in this town, who are employed in agriculture, throwing silk, sorting wool, making shoes, gauze, &c.

      The Church is a handsome and spacious structure, situated in that part Of the parish which is in Wiltshire. The inside of its walls is principally chalk, the outside is composed of Hints and rough grout work. In the chancel is a monument to to the memory of Thomas Goodwin, bishop of Bath and Wells, who was born in this town in 1517, it has an epitaph, which was written by his son Francis Godwin, bishop of Hereford, the learned author of De Prasulibus Angliae Commentarias," informing us that he died of an ague in 1590, at his native town, whither he had removed by the advice of his physicians.

      Many legacies and charitable donations have been given to this town. Archbishop Laud gave some fee-farm rents, which produced about 40l. per annum, which every third year is divided between three poor maidens of the age of eighteen, natives of the town, and members of the church of England, who have served the same master or mistress for three years together: the other years the income is appropriated to the apprenticing poor boys.

      Dr. Charles Palmer bequeathed 20. yearly towards educating twenty poor boys, and qualifying them for apprentices to mechanic trades. A school for twelve girls, called the Maiden, was founded in pursuance of the will of Mrs. Martha Palmer, who died in 1723. The children are directed to call each other sister, and to be taught to read, work, spin, &c. George Staverton in 1661 left a house, now producing twelve guineas per annum, for the purpose of buying a bull, to be baited and killed at Christmas: the meat to be given to the poor, the offal, hide, &c. to be sold, and the produce to be laid out in the purchase of shoes and stockings for poor children.

      Thomas Goodwin, D. D. was born at Oakingham, in the year 1517. He was first educated in the free school of this town, from whence he was removed to Magdalen College, Oxford, where having taken his degrees, he entered into holy orders, and became chaplain to the bishop of London, and afterwards dean of Christ’s-Church, Oxford; but having imbibed the sentiments of the reformers, he was obliged to resign his deanery in the reign of Queen Mary, during which time he supported himself by following the practice of physic.

      On the accession of Queen Elizabeth he was restored to his church preferments, and became one of the most celebrated preachers during that reign.

      Her majesty appointed him bishop of Bath and Wells; and this office he enjoyed till his death, which happened in the year 1590, in the seventy- third year of his age.

      He was a curious student in Jewish antiquities having written a book on that subject. He likewise published a catalogue of all the bishops of England, prior to the times in which he lived.

      At Luckley or Lockerley Green, in the parish of Oakingham, there is an hospital for sixteen pensioners, founded pursuant to the will of Henry Lucas, Esq. who died in 1663. The pensioners are allowed fourteen pounds per annum, and are chosen alternately by sixteen parishes in Berkshire, and the like number in Surrey. There is a chaplain, who has apartments in the hospital, and a salary of 701. per annum. The original bequest is said to have amounted to 7,000l. of which nearly 2,500l. was laid out in the erection of the necessary buildings and the residue invested in the purchase of lands in Bedfordshire. The draper’s company of London act as trustees for this charity.

      At a small distance from the hospital is Luckiley House, the seat of Charles Fyshe Palmer, Esq.

      About three miles and a half south-east at Oakingham, near East Hamstead Park, there is a large irregular fortification called Caesar’s Camp, situated on the summit of a hill, and surrounded by a double ditch. At no great distance from this camp is a raised road, nearly 90 feet wide, vulgarly called the Devil’s Highway, with a trench on each side, running east and west.

      East Hampstead Park was for a long time a royal residence. Richard II. went thither to recreate himself with hunting in August 1381. In 1531 Catherine, the first Queen of Henry VIII. was at East Hampstead Park, when the king sent some of the lords of his council to persuade her to consent to a divorce. King James I. resided here in

      1622 and 1623. The manor and park are now the property of the marchioness of Downshire.

      Binfield, about three miles from Wokingham, on the left of our road, is a pleasant village, surrounded with elegant seats, and situated in the midst of the tract called the Royal Hunt in Windsor Forest, Mr. Pope, the celebrated poet, spent the early part of his life in this village. It has been said that he was born here; but Dr. Wilson, the late rector, ascertained that he did not come to Binfield until he was six years of age. The site of Mr. Pope’s house is now the residence of Thomas Neate, Esq.

      There are several elegant villas in this place; the beauty of the situation, its vicinity to Windsor, and ready access to the metropolis, having been strong inducements to persons of fortune to fix themselves in so desirable a spot. The most conspicuous of these villas is that of Onesiphorus Elliot Elliot, Esq.

      Among the monuments in the parish Church there is one to the memory of Admiral Sir Edward Vernon, who commanded the British fleet at the taking of Pondicherry, and died in 1794; and another to the memory of the celebrated female historian Catherine Macauly Graham, who died at Binfield in 1791.

      Topography of Great Britain, written: 1802-29 by George Alexander Cooke

      WOKINGHAM, “Oakingham,” or “Ockingham,” is a municipal borough, market and union town, head of petty sessional division and parish, 7 miles south-east from Reading, 14 south-west from Windsor, 11 south-west from Maidenhead and 32 from London, and is in the Eastern division of the county, Reading county court district, rural deanery of Sonning, archdeaconry of Berks and diocese of Oxford. A portion of this parish was included in Wiltshire, but by the Acts 2 and 3 William IV. cap. 64, and 7 and 8 Vict. cap. 61 (1844), it was annexed to Berkshire. The Staines and Wokingham railway, which joins the South Western line at Staines, gives access to London in one hour and a half, and the Reading, Guildford and Reigate branch of the South Eastern line affords easy communication with the coast, and, through Reading, with all the stations on the Great Western railway. The town occupies an elevated and healthy situation within the ancient limits of Windsor Forest, and consists of several irregularly-built streets, meeting in a central spot used as a market place. The government of the town was till recently vested in an alderman and burgesses, who derived their authority from a charter of Queen Elizabeth, granted in 1582. Under the provisions of the “Municipal Corporations Act, 1882” (45 and 46 Vict. cap. 50), a charter of incorporation, dated 20th July, 1885, has been granted, constituting Wokingham a municipal borough, its limits being conterminous with those of the Local Government district; and the municipal body now consists of a mayor, four aldermen and twelve councillors, under the name of “The Mayor, Aldermen and Burgesses of the Borough of Wokingham.” The town is lighted with gas (from works formerly belonging to a company formed in 1847, but now corporation property), and supplied with water by the Wokingham District Water Co. from works situated at the south-west end of the town: the water is obtained from an artesian well, 408 feet deep, sunk in the upper chalk beds, and is conveyed to reservoirs capable of containing 150,000 gallons: in addition to Wokingham, the company supplies Binfield, Easthampstead, Finchampstead, and Warfield.

      Under the provisions of Section I. of the “Local Government Act, 1894” (56 & 57 Vic. c. 73), two parishes have been created out of the old parish, and respectively named Within and Without, the former being the same area as the municipal borough.

      The parish church of All Saints is an ancient and handsome building of stone, principally in the Early English style, and consists of chancel, clerestoried nave of 5 bays, aisles, transepts, south porch and an embattled western tower containing 6 bells and a clock: it was partly restored by public subscription in the year 1864, and the tower in 1880, at a cost of £1,600: there is a flat stone to the memory of Dr. Thomas Goodwin, Bishop of Bath and Wells (1584—90), who was a native of this town (1517) and died here 19th November, 1590: the tower, nave and font all date from about 1450: the windows, with one exception, are all stained: there are 850 sittings, partly appropriated. The register dates from the year 1674. The living was declared a rectory July 24th, 1866, net yearly value £240, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Oxford, and held since 1873 by the Rev. Edward Sturges M.A. of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, hon. canon of Christ Church, rural dean of Sonning and surrogate. The Town hall was authorised January 23rd, 1880, as the vestry room for the parish of Wokingham.

      St. Paul’s is an ecclesiastical parish, formed July 28, 1863, from All Saints; the church, built by the late John Walter esq. of Bearwood (d. 1894), and consecrated July 23rd, 1864, is an edifice of stone in the Decorated style of the 14th and 15th centuries, and consists of chancel, nave of 6 bays, aisles, north porch and a western tower with two tiers of crocketed pinnacles with flying buttresses, and spire containing 8 bells: the aisles were added in 1874 at a cost of £4,500, of which £4,000 was given by Mr. Walter: the west window and others in the north and south aisles are stained: there are 471 sittings, 254 being free; but this estimate does not include the seats in the chancel, in Mr. Walter’s aisle, or those for the children. The register dates from the year 1864. The living was declared a rectory August 31st, 1866, net yearly value £280, with residence (built by the late patron), in the gift of Arthur Fraser Walter esq. and held since 1896 by the Rev. Henry Major Walter M.A. of Oriel College, Oxford. The area of the ecclesiastical parish is 3,660 acres; the population in 1891 was 1,919.

      St. Sebastian’s is an ecclesiastical parish, formed March 28, 1871, out of All Saints’ and St. Paul’s; the church, situated 2 ½ miles from the town, was built by subscription in 1864 at a cost of about £900, and is a building of red brick with stone facings, in the Early English style, consisting of chancel and nave only; in 1882 a vestry was added and the chancel re-decorated and fitted with oaken stalls at a cost of £510, defrayed by the Rev. A. Carr, then vicar; there are 100 sittings, all being nominally free, but some are annually appropriated by the churchwardens. The register dates from the year 1864. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £210, with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of Oxford, and held since 1896 by the Rev. George Knapp Turner M.A. of New College, Oxford. The population of the ecclesiastical parish in 1891 was 379.

      The Baptist chapel, a commodious edifice of red brick, was rebuilt in 1861, and has 550 sittings.

      The Wesleyan chapel, built in 1870, will seat 300 persons.

      The Primitive Methodist chapel, built in 1857, has 100 sittings.

      In the centre of the town stands a block of buildings, consisting of the Town Hall, Market House and Police Station, erected, at a cost of £3,500, on the site of the old Town Hall: in the Town Hall is a parochial library of 800 volumes. The Drill Hall of the L Company of the 1st Volunteer Battalion Princess Charlotte of Wales (Royal Berkshire Regiment), in Denmark street, erected in 1881 by Col. Arthur Fraser Walter, is a building of red brick.

      The market, once celebrated for its supply of poultry, but now unimportant, is on Tuesday. John Westende, of this town, left in 1451 eight almshouses for deserving poor, each of whom receives an allowance of coal, grocery and meat weekly. The Victoria almshouses, built in 1887 by public subscription, will hold four persons. At Chapel Green, a mile from the town, is a hospital, originally founded in 1663 by Henry Lucas esq, for 16 poor men, to be chosen from 32 of the neighbouring parishes, who should receive £10 yearly and other perquisites; 12 brethren are now admitted, each of whom has £27 yearly with a plot of ground: the hospital contains a chapel and a residence for the chaplain; the Rev. Joseph Stratton M.A. of Worcester College, Oxford, has been master and chaplain since 1889. Wokingham is endowed with many charities, producing over £400 yearly, for food, clothing and fuel, and there is a bequest by Archbishop Laud of £43 a year, to be expended every third year in portioning poor maidens and the other two years in apprenticing boys of the parish, George Staverton, in 1661, left a house at Staines, the rent of which should be applied to the purchase of a bull, to be baited at Christmas.

      In the Rose Inn here, John Gay, the poet, Dr, Arbuthnot, Pope, and Dean Swift are related to have once been weather-bound, and to have whiled away the time by commemorating in verse the charms of the landlord’s daughter.

      Petty Sessions held at Town hall every Tue. at 11 a.m.

      The places in the Forest or Wokingham division are:-Arborfield, Barkham, Binfield, Crowthorne, Earley, Easthampstead, Finchampstead, Newland, Ruscombe, St. Nicholas Hurst, Sonning Town, Sandhurst, Twyford, Warfield, Wargrave, Waltham St. Lawrence, Winnersh, Wokingham & Woodley & Sandford.

      YEOMANRY CAVALRY

      Berkshire (1st Squadron, A Troop), Capt, E. D. Stem, commanding Squadron & Troop; E. A. Barry, lieut.; T. Dix, quartermaster sergeant.

      VOLUNTEERS

      1st Volunteer Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment) (L Co. Capt, Godfrey Walter, commanding; Color-Sergt. J. Hanney, drill instructor, Denmark street.

      WOKINGHAM UNION

      Board day, every alternate Tuesday, at 11 a.m. at the board room, Workhouse.

      The Union comprises the following, parishes:-Arborfield, Barkham, Earley, Finchampstead, Newland, Remenham, Ruscombe, Shinfield, Sonning, Wargrave, St. Nicholas Hurst, Swallowfield, Twyford, Winnersh, Wokingham Within, Wokingham Without, Woodley & Sandford. The population of the union in 1891 was 17,347; area, 42,825 acres; assessable value in 1898, £119,428.

      Clerk to the Guardians & Assessment Committee, John Frederick Sargeant, Shute end, Wokingham.

      Workhouse, a plain red brick building, built in 1850, situated on the Barkham road, will hold 200 inmates.

      PLACES OF WORSHIP, with times of Services

      All Saints' Church, Rev, Canon Edward Sturges M.A. rector; Rev. R. de Muller Nixon B.A. & Rev. Maurice W. Ragg B.A. curates; holy communion, 8 a.m.; 11 a.m. & 3.30 & 6.30 p.m.; daily, except Wed. & Fri. at 8 a.m. & 6 p.m.; Wed. 11.30 a.m. & 6 p.m.; Fri. 11.30 a.m. & 7 p.m.

      St. Paul’s Church, Rev. Henry Major Walter M.A. rector; Rev. Norton G. Lawson; holy communion, 8 a.m.; 11 a.m. 3 & 6.30 p.m.; Fri. 11.30 a.m.

      St. Sebastian’s, Rev. George Knapp Turner M.A. vicar; 11 a.m. & 3.30 p.m.

      Baptist, Rev. James Cave; 11 a.m. & 6.30 p.m.; Tue. 7.30 p.m.

      Primitive Methodist, Circuit; 11 a.m. 3.30 & 6.30 p.m.

      Wesleyan, Rev, Henry R. Burton, minister; 11 a.m. & 3.30 & 6.30 p.m.

      SCHOOLS

      The Palmer School (mixed & infants) was erected in 1874, at a cost of £2,700, of which £2,000 was derived from Margaret Palmer’s charity & the remainder was raised by subscription, & enlarged at an additional cost of £2,000; it will hold 500 children; average attendance, 250 boys & girls & 129 infants.

      British, (mixed & infants), Milton road, built in 1840, for 230 children; average attendance, 109 boys & girls & 55 infants.

      St. Paul’s (mixed & infants), Shute end, erected in 1867, by John Walter esq. for 325 children; average attendance, 169 boys & girls & 80 infants.

      St. Sebastian’s enlarged in 1879 for 100 children; average attendance, 76.

      Forest road (mixed & infants), placed under the Education Department in 1875 & enlarged in 1880 for 120 children; average attendance, 75.

      Kelly's Directory of Berkshire (1899)

      Surnames Found in Wokingham

      RankSurnameNo. of People% of Population
      1Smith1182.35
      2Butler811.61
      3Brant721.43
      4White651.29
      5Hawkins591.17
      6Houlton400.80
      7Blake350.70
      8Cooper350.70
      9Maynard340.68
      10Willatts340.68
      11Sadler330.66
      12May330.66
      13Langley320.64
      14Lane290.58
      15Jones280.56
      16Watts280.56
      17Palmer280.56
      18Douglas270.54
      19Lewis270.54
      20Bacon270.54
      21Rance260.52
      22Green250.50
      23Pursey250.50
      24Surman250.50
      25Brown250.50
      26Goswell240.48
      27n240.48
      28Loader240.48
      29Lush230.46
      30Hall230.46
      31Evans220.44
      32Johnson220.44
      33West220.44
      34Wheeler210.42
      35Chandler210.42
      36Heelas200.40
      37Challis200.40
      38Shorter200.40
      39Collyer200.40
      40Goddard200.40
      41Halfacre190.38
      42Burrett190.38
      43Hill190.38
      44Taylor190.38
      45Bird190.38
      46Webb180.36
      47Hannington180.36
      48Frankum180.36
      49Allen180.36
      50Eamer180.36
      51Martin170.34
      52Bosher170.34
      53Knight170.34
      54Englefield170.34
      55North160.32
      56Baker160.32
      57Lunn160.32
      58Barker160.32
      59Wright160.32
      60Colyer150.30
      61Brooker150.30
      62Cheeseman150.30
      63Jarvis150.30
      64Welch150.30
      65Herring150.30
      66Reeves150.30
      67Norris150.30
      68Bowyer150.30
      69Clark150.30
      70Miles150.30
      71Painter150.30
      72Buckner140.28
      73Heffer140.28
      74Cannon140.28
      75Weller140.28
      76Adams140.28
      77Hermon140.28
      78Phelps140.28
      79Alexander140.28
      80Carter140.28
      81Clacy130.26
      82Shepherd130.26
      83Laley130.26
      84Fuller130.26
      85Walden130.26
      86Woodley130.26
      87Prior130.26
      88Cox130.26
      89Charlton130.26
      90Fisher130.26
      91Ayles130.26
      92Grove130.26
      93Hosler120.24
      94Liddiard120.24
      95Bailey120.24
      96Woods120.24
      97Stone120.24
      98Street120.24
      99Annetts120.24
      100Cottrell120.24

      * Statistics based on the 1881 census