Genealogy Notes for Binfield, Berkshire
A miscellany of pictures and data arising out of research into the KIRBY's family trees (but not all linked to them). This is a work in progress so please treat the data with appropriate caution.
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Location and general
The 1801 census recorded 808
inhabitants, 1821 found 1057, and by 1841 this had only grown
The village, part of which was once in Wiltshire, stands in the
midst of a countryside characterised by substantial mansions with their
The village lies within 6 km of Bracknell, Downshire and Easthampsted
Binfield Manor, was built
by William PITT, the Prime Minister in 1754. Pitt died in
some years before the first record of the BULL family in Binfield,
however their grandmother was buried at Swallowfield,
site of another PITT family mansion.
All Saints' Church
All Saints, the Parish church of Binfield stands somewhat north of the
main village and alongside an impressive'Priory'. The
is a wildlife haven, full of primroses and other wild flowers, whilst
much of the church is built of an attractive brown puddingdstone. In
1816, a year before
Louisa Mary Bull was christened in Binfield, John Constable spent his
honeymoon in the village and sketched the church.
are no Bull or Hatton inscriptions in the church or
headstones associated with any of the churches in Binfield
(Binfield Public Library has, in its Local History section, a list
produced by an anonymous local historian).
However, there is a grave for one Richard Harton Feb 25 1829 (aged 75)
and his wife Esther, Jul 12 1828 aged 6(3?).
The POPE family
Amongst the famous former residents of Binfield is
numbered the poet Alexander POPE. POPE whose father, a Linen Draper of
London and a Roman Catholic, retired to Binfield around 1700. Through
the persecuted Catholic community of Binfield Alexander came to the
notice of Sir William TRUMBULL of Easthamstead. At that time Anthony
ENGLEFIELD, a great lover of poetry, also lived near Reading. POPE was
on good terms with, and paid frequent and protracted visits to both
Chancellor HARCOURT at Stanton
Harcourt, Oxon (in the Windrush Valley) and Lord BATHURST at
The LEE family
The LEE family owned lands in Binfield and were related to
the TRUMBULL family of Easthampstead Park, the
SANDYS family, the LYBBE
family of Hardwick, Oxon, the ALEXANDER family of Binfield (the Earls
of Stirling), the HILL family of Downshire and
the TIPPING family of Wheatfield.
The BULL family
During the early 19th C the BULL family christened their
childrenin Binfield. These were great granchildren of Thomas HATTON of Widford, Oxon,
and Elizabeth JORDAN of Upton,
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