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Coordinates: 51°24′59″N 1°08′52″W / 51.416295°N 1.147744°W / 51.416295; -1.147744

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Picklepythe Lane
Beenham is located in Berkshire
 Beenham shown within Berkshire
Population 1,175 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SU5868
Civil parish Beenham
Unitary authority West Berkshire
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Reading
Postcode district RG7
Dialling code 0118
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
Website Beenham Online
List of places

Beenham is a village and civil parish about 7 miles (11 km) east of Newbury in West Berkshire.

Village History[edit]

Church history[edit]

The history of the Church of England parish church of Saint Mary begins in about the end of the 12th century.[2] An old print of the original building shows that it had some 13th century lancet windows and a 16th-century window.[2] In 1794 the church was struck by lightning and burnt down[3] and was replaced with a Georgian building of brick.[2][3] In 1859 the nave was demolished and replaced by a Gothic Revival one[2] designed by the architect Henry Woodyer.[3] The 1794 brick tower was retained and has a peal of six bells.[2]


Beenham has a primary school[4] and is the home of the UK Wolf Conservation Trust.


Yolande Waddington, age 17, was found dead in Beenham in October 1966. On 16 November 2011, 64-year-old David Burgess, formerly of Beenham, was arrested by officers from Thames Valley Police's major crime review team. He was subsequently tried, and was convicted of the murder on 20 July 2012.[5] Burgess had been already jailed for life in 1967 for the killing of two nine-year-old girls Jeanette Wigmore and Jacqueline Williams in Beenham.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Area selected: West Berkshire (Unitary Authority)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 July 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Page & Ditchfield, 1923, pages 277-279
  3. ^ a b c Pevsner, 1966, page 85
  4. ^ Beenham Primary School
  5. ^ "Yolande Waddington: David Burgess guilty of nanny's murder". BBC News Berkshire. Retrieved 20 July 2012. 


External links[edit]

Media related to Beenham at Wikimedia Commons