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Hurst, a parish about 3 mi. from Binfield, comprising the liberty of Whistley-Hurst in the hundred of Charlton, the liberties of Newland and Winnersh in the hundred of Sonning, county of Berks, and the liberty of Broad-Hinton in the hundred of Amesbury, county of Wilts. Lies 3-½ mi. north northwest of Workingham… The living is a perpetual curacy, annexed to the vicarage of Sonning, in the peculiar jurisdiction and patronage of the Dean of Salisbury. The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, contains, among other handsome monuments, one to the memory of Margaret, wife of Sir Henry SAVILE, founder of the Savilian Professorship at Oxford, and another to Sir Richard HARRISON, who twice raised, at his own expense, a troop of cavalry for the service of Charles I. An hospital was founded here by William BARKER, Esq., who died in 1685, for eight poor persons, to each of whom he gave three shillings and sixpence weekly. Dame Dorothy HARRISON, in 1690, gave £7 per annum for the instruction of eight boys; and Edward POLEHAMPTON, in 1721, erected and endowed a chapel, school-room, and dwelling-house… for a clergyman to officiate in the chapel and teach ten boys. (Lewis…, 1830)

Broad Hinton is a liberty in that part of the parish of Hurst which is in the hundred of Amesbury, county of Wilts, though locally in the hundred of Sonning, county of Berks, 3¾ miles (N. by W.) from Wokingham…

Twyford, a chapelry in the parish of Hurst, partly in the hundreds of Charlton and Sonning, county of Berks, and partly in that of Amesbury, county of Wilts, five miles east northeast of Reading. The population is returned with the parish. It is within the peculiar jurisdiction of the Dean of Salisbury. The chapel, dedicated to St. Swithin, was erected at the expense of Mr. Edward POLEHAMPTON, who died in 1721. There is a place of worship for Independents. Silkthrowing is extensively carried on… Edward POLEHAMPTON, in 1721, bequeathed a rent-charge of £40, with a dwelling-house for the master, to teach ten boys, and another of £10 for clothing them. An hospital was founded here, in 1640, by Lady Frances WINCHCOMBE, for the maintenance of six poor people. A battle was fought near this place in 1688, between the partizans of James II. and those of the Prince of Orange, afterwards William III.

Whistley-Hurst, a liberty in that part of the parish of Hurst which is in the hundred of Charlton, county of Berks. 5-¼ mi. northeast of Reading…

Winnersh, a liberty in that part of the parish of Hurst which is in the hundred of Sonning, county of Berks… a school is partly supported here by a trifling annual subscription… (Lewis…, 1830)


1475 Title deed regarding Dunsden, Sonning, Wokingham and Woodley involving a gift confirmation mentioning John Combe as a witness with John Parson', John Martyn', Nicholas Tailiour, and Richard Martyn'. Record can be found in the Ewen Papers. Catalogue Ref.D/EE/T1/1/1-19. Berkshire Record Office.


Ed. Note: Hurst has not been actively researched as yet. The following IGI Records have not been read as yet, but may be of interest due to SEIRE (SAYER) and SEYWARD marriages:

24 Jan 1641 Married: Tho COOMES (M) and Jone SEIRE [SAYER?], Hurst, Berks, EN (IGI, Ba: E023241, So: 088294 Pr: 0883505)

18 Sep 1645 Married: Tho COOMES (M) and Eliz SEYWARD [SAYWARD, SEWARD?], Hurst, Berkshire, EN (IGI, Ba: E023241, So: 088294 Pr: 0883505)

23 Sep 1649 Christened: Tho. COMES, s/o Tho. COMES, Hurst, Berks, EN (IGI, Ba: C023241, So: 088294, Pr: 0820610)

Mar 1651 Christened: Mary COOMES, d/o Tho. COOMES, Hurst, Berkshire, EN (IGI, Ba: E023241, So: 088294 Pr: 0883505)

31 Mar 1651 Christened: Anne COMES, d/o Tho. COMES, Hurst, Berks, EN (IGI, Ba: C023241, So: 088294, Pr: 0820610)

18 Oct 1652 Married: Joane COMES (F) and John COLLINS, Hurst, Berks, EN (IGI, Ba: E023241, So: 088294 Pr: 0883505)

08 Apr 1655 Christened: Francis COOMES, s/o Tho. COOMES, Hurst, Berks, EN (IGI, Ba: C023241, So: 088294, Pr: 0820610)

03 Sep 1660 Christened: … COOMES, d/o Tho. COOMES, Hurst, Berkshire, EN (IGI, Ba: E023241, So: 088294 Pr: 0883505)

Notes: Sarah ARCHDALE (sister of Margaret ARCHDALE Combs) m Ady SARE (SAYER? SEIRE?), not known if a relationship to Jone SEIRE above. See Archdale Families and Blashford-Combs-Seward of Dorchester.


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