The parish of Shaw-cum-Donnington is a combination of two townships, Shaw and Donnington, on the northern boundary of Newbury. The southern boundary of the parish is the river Lambourn, and the northern stops just short of the Fox and Hounds on the Oxford Road, and Fisher's Farm on the B4009 to Hermitage. To the east, the parish includes Long Lane and Shaw Hill, and to the west reaches to Snelsmore Common.

The division bewtween the two settlements was marked by the turnpike road from Winchester to Oxford, now the six-lane A34. The Didcot, Newbury and Southampton railway, which opened in 1882, ran through the north-eastern corner of the parish until its closure in the 1960s, but there was no station here.


1,996 acres  (808 hectares)


 653 in 1851; 1,686 in 2011



Poor Law union


Registration district


Present-day local authority

West Berkshire

Grid reference

SU 47 68

Adjoining parishes in 1851

Speen, Winterbourne, Chieveley,Thatcham and Greenham

Genealogical resources

Available from BerksFHS Books:
  • Berkshire Burial Index 12th ed CD covers St Mary the Virgin 1563 - 2007.
  • Berkshire Marriage Index covers St Mary the Virgin 1563 - 1837.
  • CD of MIs of St Mary’s churchyard.

See also Berkshire Record Office holdings.

Published local history

  • Walter Money Annals of the church of St Mary, Shaw-cum-Donnington (Blacket, 1878)
  • Alfred E Shadlock Guide to St Mary's Church, Shaw-cum-Donnington (1992)
  • Rosemary Leamon Historic landscape of Shaw, a West Berks manor (c1991)
  • W A D Morris History of the parish of Shaw-cum-Donnington (1969)
  • Roy Tubb Speen, Stockcross, Shaw-cum-Donnington road by road (Henwick Worthy Books, 2002)
  • Michael MacLeod Shaw House unmask'd (Skye Publications, 1999)
  • G Gidley Robinson Shaw-cum-Donnington local antiquities (1920)
  • Cecilia Millson St Mary's Church Shaw-cum-Donnington 150th anniversary pageant of local history
  • Cecilia Millson Story of Shaw-cum-Donnington (Parochial Church Council, St Mary's, Shaw-cum-Donnington, 1998)


parish council website

Shaw-cum-Donnington CofE Primary School

St Mary's Church

Shaw House

Additional information