Caversham in 1840
Caversham is in Binfield hundred, on the north bank of the Thames, about one mile from Reading in Berkshire. Here was formerly a cell of regular canons of St. Austin, belonging to Noctele or Nutley Abbey in Buckinghamshire, to which abbey the church also belonged. This church is small, and some parts are of great antiquity. Caversham was the scene of a smart skirmish during the siege of Reading by the Parliamentarians in the civil war of Charles I. The area of the parish is 5,100 acres ; the population in 1831 was 1,369, about half agricultural, The living is a perpetual curacy, of the clear yearly value of £116, with a glebe-house. There were in 1833, a national school, with 25 boys and 55 girls ; and three other day or boarding schools, with 51 girls and 15 boys ; and two Sunday-schools, with 103 children.