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Englefield, Berkshire, England

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Englefield, a parish in the hundred of Theale, county of Berks, 6 miles west of Reading... The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Berks, and diocese of Salisbury, rated in the king's books at 11. 12. 8, and in the patronage of R. P. W. Benyon de BEAUVOIR, Esq. The church has some portions in the early English style, but has been much modernised: it contains several interesting monuments to the memory of the ancestors of the Marquis of Winchester. This parish, which is not unfrequently called Inglefield, derives its name from the Saxon word Ingle, a fire or beacon light, and probably had its origin about the middle of the ninth century, at which time the Danes, having made themselves masters of Reading, sent out a detachment from their army to attack the Saxons, who were encamped at this place, and who drove them back with great loss. Elias ASHMOLE, the herald and antiquary, retired to this place in 1647, where he pursued his researches..." (Lewis, 1830), lies about 20 miles southeast of Sparsholt, but less than 4 mi. from Beenham (See Also Parishes within 10 miles of Beenham)

1591 Edward COMBE, of Bridsor, in Tisbury, Wilts, (seated there in the 12th year of Queen Elizabeth), and of Norton Ferrers Manor, Somerset; party to fine of lands at Dynton, Wilts, in 1593; m. (Before 1570) Alice, dau. Of Thomas LEWYS, of Matherne, Mon.[Monmouth] and sister to Barnaby LEWYS, of Stock Gaylard, Dorset, and Wincanton Manor, Somserset, and had issue [among others], Thomas, of Chicksgrove, in Tisbury, bapt. 21 Aug. 1570; m. 1591, Mary, dau. of John DAVIES, of Tisbury, and sister to Sir John DAVIES, of Englefield, Berks, Attorney-General for Ireland, by whom he had an only dau., Joane; he was bur. 26 Sept. 1593. (Excerpted by Combs Researcher Vince Griffin from Burke's Landed Gentry, 1937, pp. 462 & 463: See Also Visitations)

Note: Only one IGI record located for Englefield:

10 Dec 1674 Englefield, Berks. Christened: Edward COMBS, s/o Edward and Margaret. (IGI, Ba: C017712, So: 088260, Pr: 0933237, film not read)

Edward not identified. No marriage to a Margaret located yet.

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