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Coordinates: 51°23′35″N 1°06′50″W / 51.393°N 1.114°W / 51.393; -1.114

Church , Padworth - - 5957.jpg
Padworth church, situated next to Padworth College
Padworth is located in Berkshire
 Padworth shown within Berkshire
Population 548 (2001)
OS grid reference SU619661
Civil parish Padworth
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
UK Parliament Berkshire
List of places

Padworth is a hamlet and civil parish in the English county of Berkshire, between Burghfield Common and Tadley. Padworth is in the unitary authority of West Berkshire, not far from the Hampshire border.


Padworth proper is around the little Norman church and the old manor house, once the home of the military Darby-Griffith family but now an independent co-educational boarding and day school for students aged 13–19. However, the biggest centres of population in the parish are the two hamlets of Lower Padworth, along the A4 Bath Road, and Padworth Common, and the village of Aldermaston Wharf.


Grim's Ditch in the parish is supposed to be a sub-Roman bank and ditch dug to defend Calleva Atrebatum (Silchester Roman Town) when the Anglo-Saxons began to settle the area.


The apse of the Norman church

The parish church of St John the Baptist is aisleless and Norman. Features of interest include the Norman chancel arch and north and south doorways, the semi-domed apse and the 18th-century monuments.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Betjeman, John, ed. (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches; the South. London: Collins; p. 114

External links[edit]

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