David Sutton

History of the Earley Charity

Writing the history of the Earley Charity, begun about 2001 and finished in 2008, involved drawing upon a wide range of sources.  These included archival materials in Berkshire Record Office and the National Archives; archival materials owned by the Earley Charity; historical newspapers and other local materials in Reading Public Library; general works of economic and social history; works of local history, locally published; and information drawn from gravestones in various local churchyards and chapels.

A summary of the history is given on the Earley Charity’s own website:


The full history runs to twelve chapters, with a family tree for the Englefield family at the end of Chapter Eight:

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Six

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight


Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Chapter Twelve