The text below was taken from Kelly's Directory of 1854. Some of the surnames were mis-spelt. Check on the 'Families' page for more details of many families listed here.
ARBORFIELD is a small village 5 miles south-east of Reading,
and 3 south-west of Oakingham, in the hundred of Sonning, situate near the river
Loddon. The living is a rectory, in the diocese of Oxford, value £388 per annum,
in the gift of the Right Hon. Lord Braybrooke. The incumbent is the Rev. Sir
John Warren Hayes M.A.; the curate is the Rev. Arthur Sydney Pott B.A. The
church, dedicated to St. Bartholomew is a plain edifice with wooden belfry and
steeple, nave and aisle. The interior contains some handsome marble tombs, and
the altar window, of stained glass, represents Moses and Aaron. Near the church
is Arborfield Hall, formerly the seat of Sir John Conroy, Bart. The mansion is
pleasantly situate on the banks of the river Loddon, with park and grounds.
There is also a National School for boys. The population in 1851 was 316: and
the acreage 1400. Sir Charles Russell Bart. is lord of the manor.
Conroy Sir John bart. Arborfield Hall
Atkins James, farmer, Whites Farm
Daniel Cox receiver. Letters arrive from Reading at 9am: despatched at half-past 5pm.
Church as above
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