A History of the County of Berkshire: Volume 3. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1923.
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THE HUNDRED OF THEALE
CONTAINING THE PARISHES OF
The parishes now contained in the hundred of Theale were included in that of Reading in 1086, (fn. 1) and though no definite date can be given for their separation it must have occurred before 1241, since Theale was already a separate hundred at that time. (fn. 2) All the parishes included in the hundred in 1831 belonged to it in the reign of Edward I, (fn. 3) at which date Southcote, Trunkwell and 'Herdrugge' (? Hartridge in Ashampstead) were also members. (fn. 4) 'Hartrugge,' Beech Hill and Southcote were still in the hundred in 1587. (fn. 5) In 1549 Stratfield Mortimer attended at Reading Hundred court (fn. 6); while Ufton, Aldermaston and Sulhamstead Bannister were not represented at either Theale or Reading Court. In 1666 the hundred, except for the inclusion of Southcote, was the same as in 1831. (fn. 7) Hartley Dummer, now part of the new ecclesiastical parish of Grazeley, is in the civil parish of Shinfield in Charlton Hundred, where its history is taken.