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Beenham

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Beenham is a village and civil parish centred 6mi east of Newbury in the West Berkshire district of Berkshire, England, United Kingdom.GeographyThe Old Copse is a woodland within the village that is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.HistoryChurch historyThe history of the Church of England parish church of Saint Mary begins in about the end of the 12th century. An old print of the original building shows that it had some 13th century lancet windows and a 16th-century window. In 1794 the church was struck by lightning and burnt down and was replaced with a Georgian building of brick. In 1859 the nave was demolished and replaced by a Gothic Revival one designed by the architect Henry Woodyer. The 1794 brick tower was retained and has a peal of six bells.19th century summaryThe following is an extract from the most detailed 1870s gazetteer of the British Isles."Beenham, or Beenham-Vallence, a parish...adjacent to the Kennet and Avon canal and to the Berks and Hants Railway, 1 ¼. mile N of Aldermaston station, and 8½ WSW of Reading. It has a post office...Acres, 1,890. Real property, £2,548. Pop., 505. Houses, 105. The property is much subdivided. Beenham House and Beenham Lodge are chief residences. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Oxford. Value, £250. Patron, Mrs. Bushnell. The church was chiefly rebuilt in 1860. There are a Primitive Methodist chapel and a National School. Stackhouse, the author of the "History of the Bible," was vicar."
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