Crookham, Berkshire

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"Old Thatch" near Brimpton and Crookham - - 10671.jpg
"Old Thatch"
Crookham is located in Berkshire
Location within Berkshire
OS grid referenceSU536641
Metropolitan borough
Metropolitan county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townThatcham
Postcode districtRG19
Dialling code0118
PoliceThames Valley
FireRoyal Berkshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
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51°22′34″N 1°13′52″W / 51.375997°N 1.231041°W / 51.375997; -1.231041Coordinates: 51°22′34″N 1°13′52″W / 51.375997°N 1.231041°W / 51.375997; -1.231041

Crookham is a village in the English county of Berkshire, and part of the civil parish of Thatcham.

The settlement lies near to the A339 and A4 roads, and is located approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) south-east of Thatcham (where according to the grid ref the majority of the 2011 census population was included ). Crookham - like the adjoining Crookham Common - is situated at the end of the runway of RAF Greenham Common.


Immediately before 1066AD Crookham was owned by Alwi Ceuresbert, a Kings Thane. Crookham appears in the Domesday Book under Thatcham Hundred. It was later, c.1125, granted to Reading Abbey. There was only one manor was sublet to various families some of whom hosted Royal visits including the King Henry III of England who visited the hamlet in 1229 - most probably to engage in hunting in the rural areas.[1] By 1299 Crookham Manor House had a chapel attached to it.

In 1445 the sub-manor of Chamberhouse was formed.[2] Chamberhouse was the childhood home of the distinguished soldier and statesman Henry Docwra, 1st Baron Docwra of Culmore, who was born there in 1564.

The original Crookham Manor and Chapel appear to have been abandoned c.1542 and by c.1748 the estate had been purchased by George Amyand, Hamburg Merchant. Within 100 years a new manor house had been built.


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