Yattendon

Location

Yattendon is a village and parish seven miles north-east of Newbury. The river Pang flows through the west of the parish. 

Local place names

Everington, Burnt Hill (an eighteenth-century brick-making settlement)

Yattendon-cottages

Cottages, Yattendon © CopyrightAndrew Smithand licensed forreuseunder thisCreative Commons Licence.

Size

1,400 acres (567 hectares)

Population

265 in 1851; 369 in 2011 

Hundred

Faircross

Poor Law union

Bradfield

Registration district

Bradfield

Present-day local authority

West Berkshire

Grid reference

SU 55 74

Adjoining parishes in nineteenth century

Yattendon-map

Genealogical resources

Available from BerksFHS Books:
  • Berkshire Baptisms 2nd ed CD covers SS Peter & Paul 1813 - 1914
  • Berkshire Marriages 3rd ed CD covers SS Peter & Paul 1559  - 1932
  • Berkshire Burials 12th ed CD covers SS Peter & Paul 1558 - 1982

Published local history

  • G Timmins Yattendon: a village history (Lola Print, 2012)
  • J E Smith-Masters Yattendon and its church (Cornwall Press, 1929)

Links

The Yattendon estate website.

Anglican church and parochial organisation

Yattendon is a rectory in the archdeaconry of Berkshire, and in the diocese of Oxford. The church of SS Peter and Paul is Gothic, substantially remodelled in 1858-60.

Yattendon-church

  © CopyrightGraham Hornand licensed forreuseunder thisCreative Commons Licence.

Other churches

Primitive Methodist chapels existed in Yattendon and Burnt Hill.

Schools

A National school existed in Yattendon in 1833, forerunner of the present-day Yattendon C of E Primary School.

Pubs

In 1911 Cosburn's Directory recorded a pub called the Axe and Compass, as well as the Royal Oak, which survives today, and dates from at least the late eighteenth century. 

Other local history

In medieval times Yattendon had a Tuesday market and, more recently, an October fair.

Lords of the manor included the fifteenth-century Norreys family, until they were succeeded by the Berties (earls of Abingdon). In 1876 the manor was bought by Alfred Waterhouse, the architect who built the Natural History Museum. He also built Yattendon Court, and a reading room for the village. The Iliffe family succeeded Waterhouse in 1925; they amassed the 9,000-acre Yattendon estate, famous for Christmas trees, and for its characteristic dark green paintwork. (It is said that the GPO could not keep the post and telephone boxes red because loyal locals would repaint them Yattendon-green in the night.) The Yattendon Group’s other interests of property and newspapers are centred in the village.

The Yattendon Revels, celebrated on old St Peter’s day (10 July), were said to commemorate  a battle fought in Yattendon Fields between King Alfred and the Danes. The revels included cudgels (single-stick fighting), wrestling and bowling, and flourished until Victorian times.

Famous Yattendon residents included the Poet Laureate Robert Bridges, the restaurant critic Egon Ronay, and the TV kitchen presenter Ruth Mott.

Yattendon has a microbrewery, the West Berkshire Brewery, founded in 1955.

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