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Wokingham, a market town and parish, having separate jurisdiction, situated partly in, and forming a detached portion of, the hundred of Amesbu-Ry county of Wilts, but chiefly in the hundred of Sonning, county of Berks, 7 miles (E. S. E.) from Reading, and 32 (W. S. W.) from London, comprising Berkshire and Town divisions…. situated within the prescribed limits of Windsor Forest. The corporation hold half-yearly courts of session for minor offences, and is authorized by charter to hold a court of requests, for the recovery of small debts ; but this power has not been exercised for some years. The gift of freedom is vested in the corporation, and may be acquired by birth, apprenticeship, and purchase. This being the only town in the forest, the forest courts were formerly held here; but they have been discontinued : manorial courts are held as occasion requires. Petty sessions take place, on the first and third Tuesdays in the month, for the Wokingham, or Forest, division of the county. The town-hall, which is over the market-house, is an ancient building in the centre of the town. (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.


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