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Brightwalton Church
Brightwalton is located in Berkshire
 Brightwalton shown within Berkshire
Population 322 (2001)
OS grid reference SU4279
Civil parish Brightwalton
Unitary authority West Berkshire
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Newbury
Postcode district RG20
Dialling code 01488
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Newbury
List of places

Coordinates: 51°30′40″N 1°23′02″W / 51.511°N 1.384°W / 51.511; -1.384

Brightwalton is a village and civil parish in the Berkshire Downs about 8 miles (13 km) north of Newbury in West Berkshire. It has a population of 322.[1]


The history of the Church of England parish church of All Saints goes back at least as far as the Domesday Book of 1086.[2] The building was demolished in 1863[2] and replaced by a Gothic Revival one designed by G.E. Street,[3] who was architect to the Diocese of Oxford. Street retained and re-used some 13th century Early English Gothic features from the original building.[2]


The parish has a Church of England primary school.[4] It too was designed by Street and built in 1863.[5]


Bus travel from Newbury is provided by Newbury and District service 107.[6]

Notable Residents[edit]

in c. 1715, the Savo(u)ry family settled in the village, having moved from nearby South Moreton. The Savorys were wheelwrights, but William Savory (1768-1824) from a third generation of the family, was apprenticed to David Jones, an apothecary in Newbury, Berkshire. Aged 20, Savory "walked the wards" of St Thomas' Hospital and Guy's Hospital in London. He learned surgery, physic (medicine) and mifwifery from the leading practitioners of their day, including the surgeon, Henry Cline, and the physician, William Saunders. Some of his student notes and his commonplace book survive.[7] Savory became a member of the Company of Surgeons and initially practiced in Newbury. Following bankruptcy in 1795, he re-settled in Brightwalton, where he remained for the rest of his life, passing the mantle to his son, William Savory (1793-1856) who studied at the London Hospital in Whitechapel.[8]

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 Page & Ditchfield, 1924, pages 48-51
  3. ^ Pevsner, 1966, page 101
  4. ^ Brightwalton CofE Primary School
  5. ^ Pevsner, 1966, page 102
  6. ^
  7. ^ Online catalogue describing Savory's student notes.
  8. ^ See Stuart Eagles "The life of William Savory, surgeon of Brightwalton" and "William Savory: Rise and Fall" in Berkshire Family Historian vol. 17, no. 4 (June 1994) and vol. 21, no. 1 (September 1997), and George C. Peachey, The life of William Savory, surgeon of Brightwalton (J. J. Keliher, 1903).


External links[edit]

Media related to Brightwalton at Wikimedia Commons