- Basildon, Berkshire
infobox UK place
country = England
region= South East England
Basildon is a
civil parishin the English county of Berkshire. It comprises the villages of Upper Basildonand Lower Basildon, named for their respective heights above the River Thames. Basildon is convert|7|mi|km|0 from Reading, convert|47|mi|km|0 from London and convert|20|mi|km|0 from Oxford.
The parish is bordered to the north by the
River Thamesand the Oxfordshireparishes of Goring and Whitchurch-on-Thameson the other side of the river. To the south of the river it is bordered by the parishes of Pangbourne, Bradfield, Ashampsteadand Streatley.cite web | url = http://www.election-maps.co.uk/ | title = Election Maps | publisher = Ordnance Survey | accessdate = 2008-02-27]
The parish forms part the
unitary authorityof West Berkshire. It is within the Newbury parliamentary constituency.cite web | url = http://www.election-maps.co.uk/ | title = Election Maps | publisher = Ordnance Survey | accessdate = 2008-02-27]
The ancient manor of Basildon comprised the present-day
civil parishes of Basildon and Ashampsteadand is mentioned in the Domesday Bookof 1086 as "Bastedene". It was an important royal manor at the time of the Norman Conquest with a female Lord of the Manor.
The parish has been inhabited since at least
neolithictimes and stone axes have been found dating back to 450,000 bc. The area was settled by the Romans, Saxons and Normans, partly because the Thames used to be the frontier between rival tribes and kingdoms.
It was also the home of Jethro Tull who was both born and buried in the parish.
The name "Basildon Bond" known for the writing paper and stationery is believed to have been named after the
Basildon Parkestate of Major James Archibald Morrisonwhich he owned between 1910 and 1929.
* [http://www.basildon-berks.net/ Upper and Lower Basildon Village Website]
* [http://www.berkshirehistory.com/villages/basildon.html Royal Berkshire History: Basildon]
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