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Brightwalton Church - - 39324.jpg
All Saints' parish church
Brightwalton is located in Berkshire
Location within Berkshire
Area8.45 km2 (3.26 sq mi)
Population366 (2011 census)[1]
• Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU4279
Civil parish
  • Brightwalton
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townNewbury
Postcode districtRG20
Dialling code01488
PoliceThames Valley
FireRoyal Berkshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteBrightwalton Web Site
List of places
51°30′40″N 1°23′02″W / 51.511°N 1.384°W / 51.511; -1.384Coordinates: 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 centred 7 miles (11 km) NNW of Newbury in West Berkshire.

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of All Saints existed by the time of 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 service 107.[6]

Notable residents[edit]

In about 1715 the Savo(u)ry family moved to the village 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 midwifery from the leading practitioners of their day, including the surgeon Henry Cline and 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]

Sir Samuel Eyre (1638–98), Justice of the King's Bench, lived in the parish, having inherited the manor of Brightwalton in 1694 through his wife Lady Martha Lucy. Their son Robert Eyre, also of Brightwalton, became Lord Chief Justice. [2]

The author Monica Dickens lived in the village in the last years of her life.[9] Prolific children's author Rosemary Hayes went to school locally.


2011 Published Statistics: Population, home ownership and extracts from Physical Environment, surveyed in 2005[1]
Output area Homes owned outright Owned with a loan Socially rented Privately rented Other km2 roads km2 water km2 domestic gardens Usual residents km2
Civil parish 44 52 19 20 7 0.076 0.001 0.132 366 8.45

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Key Statistics: Dwellings; Quick Statistics: Population Density; Physical Environment: Land Use Survey 2005
  2. ^ a b c d Page & Ditchfield 1924, pp. 48–51
  3. ^ Pevsner 1966, p. 101.
  4. ^ Brightwalton CofE Primary School
  5. ^ Pevsner 1966, p. 102.
  6. ^ "Connect Service 101" (PDF). Newbury and District. January 2013. Archived from the original (pdf) on 19 August 2013. Retrieved 19 October 2014.
  7. ^ "SAVORY, William (fl 1788-1789)". AIM25: Archives in London and the M25 area. 1998–2013.
  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).
  9. ^ "Latest wills", The Times page 14, 13 August 1993


External links[edit]

Media related to Brightwalton at Wikimedia Commons