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The historic market and riverside town of Abingdon caters for all your day- to day needs with comprehensive range of shopping, leisure and health facilities as well as a good selection of public houses and restaurants and has lovely riverside walks. There is both private and state education available for all ages and the nearby centre of Oxford is a short journey along the A34. Didcot is well placed to the south and provides an excellent link to London (Paddington c.50 minutes). Frequent bus routes from Abingdon to local areas and to the City Centre of Oxford and onward London Link or alternatively there is excellent road access via the A34 to the M40 at junction 8 or 9 and the M4 junction 13 at Newbury
Schools - independent schools Boys Abingdon School http://www.abingdon.org.uk/
Girls ST Helens and St Catherines http://www.shsk.org.uk/
John Mason School http://www.johnmason.oxon.sch.uk/
Fitzharries School http://www.fitzharrys.oxon.sch.uk/
Larkmead School http://www.larkmead-school.com/
Good range of primary and infant schools.
What is going on in the town https://twitter.com/WhatsOnAbingdon
The parish of Appleton with Eaton contains two a thriving villages with many facilities on offer including a C of E Primary School, a pre-School, which has been running since 1968, beautiful c. 1000 year old St Lawrence church, a community shop and post office, a traditional village pub, c. 5 acre Sports field with facilities, and the popular regular Appleton Farmers' Market selling locally produced food and wine beautiful. The village is well sited for access to Oxford and Swindon via the A420 and North (M40), and South (M4).
Ardington is a beautiful unspoilt downland village and civil parish about 2 miles (3 km) east of Wantage in the Vale of White Horse. The parish includes the hamlet of Ardington Wick and stretches to the Great Western Main Line between Dicot (London Paddington 45mins) and Swindon. The parish stretches from the loam rich north to the chalk downlands to the south. Ardington and its twin sister Lockinge are in the beautifully maintained Lockinge Estate originally laid out by Lord Wantage in the c.19th Century. The ancient path of the Ridgeway runs through the southern part of the parish. There are several racing stables in and around the village, most of which use the Downs for gallops. The Church of England parsih Church Hley Trinity has origins c.1200. Georgian Grade II listed Ardington House was built in c.1721 and is open to the public in the summer months. The boars Head pub is adjacent to the Church and has a provides a excellent friendly pub/restaurant. There is also a thriving business community within the village housed in the original estate barns and outbuildings. Ardingrton has excellent road links to the A417 with the A34 close at hand at Milton linking to the M40 Oxford (north) and Newbury M4 (south). Heathrow Airport I hour.
Ashbury is a pretty downland village lying on the southwest edge of the Vale of White Horse in Oxfordshire. The village has many period properties and amenities include a church, village hall, post office, and popular primary school and country pub/small hotel. Wantage is situated approximately c.9 miles to the east and the M4 Junction 15 within 5 miles, Marlborough c.13 miles, as well as the commercial centre of Swindon c9 m, which also has a main line station to London Paddington in c.55mins. Further more comprehensive amenities can also be very conveniently found at the nearby adjacent village of Shrivenham c3.5 miles.
Baulkingis a small village and civil parish about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) southeast of Faringdon in the Vale of White Horse district of Oxfordshire. The parish is bounded to the north and north-west by the River Ock, to the south by its tributary Stutfield Brook and to the east by field boundaries. The village is arranged along a delightful, large, elongated village green running north – south, on the side of a slight rise of land bounded on two sides by a bend in the river. In ancient times Baulking was a market town in which by 1792 it had ceased to be held. The village community has a superb Grade-I-listed 13th century church, an Equestrian Centre and access to delightful walks in the countryside surrounding, giving an idyllic peaceful semi-rural feel to village life. There is a wonderful community spirit amongst the residents where many social gatherings around the green occur. The village of Uffington is within easy reach with a shop, pub and excellent pre-school and primary school, museum and pottery with further comprehensive amenities to be found in the market towns of Wantage or Faringdon. Didcot to the east (A417) has a mainline train service to London Paddington (c.45 minutes). http://www.oxfordshirevillages.co.uk/valevillages/baulking.html
The peaceful village of Baydon is found on the old Roman Road of Ermin Street that dips and sweeps through undulating Berkshire - Wiltshire countryside. The total population of Baydon is approximately 560, including those from outlying farms.St Nicholas Church is located in the centre of the village, and there is also a pub (The Red Lion), shop / post office and very well regarded primary school (Baydon St. Nicholas C. of E. School). Community run bus service and other limited bus services provided. For further information on the village activities, clubs and events can be found on http://www.baydon.org/ Transport routes via the Newbury - Swindon B4000 Ermin Street, with the nearby villages of Aldbourne, Lambourn, and Ramsbury close at hand with the large town of Marlborough being some 9 miles away.
Buckland is a village and civil parish about c.4m northeast of market towns Faringdon and c.8m west of Wantage, in the Vale of White Horse District. Buckland is an estate village, originally created to house those working at Buckland House. The River Thames forms the northern boundary of the parish, just over 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the village. The village benefits from a large Georgian stately home or manor house called Buckland House, a popular primary school and traditional country pub known as the Lamb Inn. There is a good range of both state and private education within the locality and there is also an excellent range of local restaurants, country walks and local attractions. With excellent road access via the A420 Buckland is situated equidistant between Oxford and the commercial centre of Swindon c.16m via the A420, where both also benefit from main line train services to London (Paddington).
The village of Chaddleworth is a pretty village with a number of thatched cottages. It has a primary school, a pub and a population of about 500 and lies below the southern slopes of the Berkshire Downs, just east of the A338 road, which runs between Hungerford and Wantage to form the western parish boundary. The south-east corner of the village is called Nodmore and the hamlet of Southend sits only a mile to the north-east. In the north of the parish is Woolley and in the south is Poughley, both barely hamlets now. Woolley Down rises above the former. The parish mostly consists of farmland, with some scattered woodland such as Nine Acre Wood, Spray Wood, Down Copse, Rooksnest Copse and Bassdown Copse. The West Berkshire Golf Course, on Buckham Hill, and the northern edge of RAF Welford are in Poughley. The commercial centre of Swindon c.16m via the A420, where both also benefit from main line train services to London (Paddington).
The village of Charney Bassett lies in open country beside the meandering river Ock. It is situated in the north of the Vale of White Horse, in Gainfield Hundred and there has been a settlement here since Anglo-Saxon times. This popular village benefits from a thriving pub, village hall and Charney Manor from which a village college was set up in 2001 to assist villagers to learn new skills and leisure classes including Yoga and Pilates. Further information on village activities and clubs can be found on the website www.charneybassett.org.uk. The village is within an easy distance of Wantage and other market towns that close at hand include Faringdon to the West, Witney to the North and Abingdon to the East all of which provide a comprehensive range of shopping, leisure and recreational facilities. The city of Oxford and the commercial centre of Swindon are easily accessed via the A420, and Oxford and Didcot have mainline train services to London (Paddington) in less than 1 hour. Well regarded schools within the locality include St Hugh’s, Pinewood Prep, Ferndale Prep, as well as the Abingdon and Oxford schools. Excellent primary schools and pre-schools at neighbouring Buckland, Stanford in the Vale, Shellingford and Uffington. The comprehensive schools at Wantage and Faringdon have been rated by Ofsted as outstanding. Heathrow Airport circa 1.2 hours. Outdoor pursuits locally include golf courses at Carswell and Frilford Heath and equestrian centres at Gainfield, Goosey, Little Coxwell and Highworth as well as the outstanding countryside surrounding including White Horse Hill and the Ridgeway for walking, horse riding and cycling.
The delightful downland village of Childrey is situated in the Vale of the White Horse close to the historic town of Wantage and on the edge of the Berkshire Downs. It has its own popular primary school, playgroup and toddler group, shop, pub, a church and a chapel, as well as a village hall and playing field with a playground area and has a parish population of approximately 500. The community hosts a range of clubs, groups and events and further information for these can be found on the village website http://childrey.org.uk/
There is also a regular bus shuttle service to Wantage and the neighbouring villages, where at Wantage there is a regular weekly market and also regular farmer’s market in the square and an excellent range of amenities, including Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, high street banks, local shops and cafes, a museum, sports centre with swimming pool, health centre, dentists and also King Alfred’s sports (secondary) college. Excellent road links via the A417 to linking to the A420 Oxford – Swindon route or A34 Oxford – Newbury – Winchester route.
Chilton is a charming South Oxfordshire village listed in the Domesday Book of 1086, sitting on the historic Ridgeway National Trail. The village boasts a highly rated primary school and pub as well as been well placed for easy access to the A34, which in turn offers fast route links to the M4 (Newbury) south and M40 (Oxford) north. Harwell Science and Innovation Campus and Appleton Rutherford Laboratory are also close by with a wide selection of employment opportunities. Nearby market town Didcot offers a wealth of shopping and leisure facilities, together with a main line rail connection to London Paddington in circa 45 mins. The village is well placed for well regarded secondary schools at Compton and Didcot as well as the excellent Abingdon, Newbury and Oxford Schools.
Compton is situated within the West Berkshire District and is high up on the North Wessex Downs within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in a hollow of chalk downland. The village caters for your day to day needs and provides a Parish Church, general store and post office, a public house/hotel, a surgery, a day care centre, a Village Hall, a Play Group, a Crèche, a Scout/Guide hut and a Sports and Recreation Centre. There are also two schools, Compton C of E Primary and the Downs Secondary school http://www.thedownsschool.org.uk/DSW10/index.phpCompton is very well situated and provides excellent road links being seven miles north of the intersection for both the M4 for London and the West, and the A34 for Oxford and Southampton. Didcot is 9 miles to the north with a main line train station to London (Paddington 45 mins) with further stations at Goring, 6 miles to the East and Newbury, 10 miles to the South.
Cumnor Hill is a hill in the civil parish of Cumnor, to the west of the city of Oxford in the English county of Oxfordshire. It is also the name of the ribbon development between the original Cumnor village and Botley outside the ring road on the outskirts of Oxford. The road up Cumnor Hill was the original route of the A420 between Oxford and Swindon, until the Cumnor Hill by-pass was built in the 1970s. The road is now unclassified. At the top of Cumnor Hill is the hamlet of Chawley, where the Kimmeridge Clay is close to the surface. There were brickworks there until 1937. Cumnor Hill offers the beauty of Oxfordshire’s breathtaking rolling countryside, yet being conveniently placed approximately three miles from the centre of this historic university city and its many cultural attractions. Cumnor’s community continues to thrive, enhanced by three churches, several pubs and local shops and a highly-regarded primary school.
Denchworth is an attractive small village and civil parish in the English county of Oxfordshire. It is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north of Wantage in the Vale of White Horse. The parish is bounded by the land brook in the west and the Childrey Brook in the east. The village benefits from a popular local thatched pub called The Fox and a bus service, with further convenient road access via the nearby A417 to the A420 (Swindon/Oxford) or the A338/A34 (Oxford Newbury). A main line train station leaves Didcot Parkway for Reading and London Paddington (c.45 min Paddington). Further more comprehensive amenities can be found in the nearby village of Grove where there are two shopping precincts as well as market town Wantage. For education there is a good selection of primary schools in the area which include East Hanney, Grove, East Challow, Childrey or Stanford in the Vale or Shellingford and for secondary education there are comprehensive schools in Wantage and Faringdon in addition to the Abingdon and Oxford schools.
Twinned with Meylan in south east France, Didcot is a popular market town which has been the subject of great investment and development, renowned for its association with the Great Western Railway, now having the benefit of a very comprehensive range of facilities and amenities to include the recently added Orchard shopping centre, Sainsburys and Tescos supermarkets, banks, new health centres, community hospital, dentists, churches, leisure facilities including a cinema, sports centre, and indoor swimming pool as well as a good selection of pre-school and primary education and also secondary all girls’ and boys’ schools with Didcot Girls http://www.didcotgirls.oxon.sch.uk/
and St Birinus http://www.st-birinus-school.org.uk/
Didcot has excellent road links via the A34 Oxford Winchester route leading to the M40 (North) and M4 (South) at nearby Milton where the is also the extensive Milton Business Park, as well as main line links via Didcot Parkway providing easy commuting to Oxford, Reading and London (Paddington c.45 mins). Ladygrove itself also has a precinct of amenities including a pub, dentist, take away and nursery school as well a two popular modern primary schools. Further information on the town can be found at http://www.didcot.com/
The historic village of Dorchester on Thames sits at the confluence of the rivers Thame and Thames, just 9 miles south of Oxford. As well as being a marvellous place to live, it is also the ideal centre for exploring some of England’s finest countryside, loveliest villages, stateliest homes and oldest seats of learning. Dorchester is a small Oxfordshire village of just over 1000 inhabitants, located 8 miles south-east of Oxford and close to the spot where the River Thame meets the River Thames. One of the oldest communities in the area, the village, local walks and Dorchester Abbey are popular with visitors; not to be confused with our Dorset namesake, Dorchester on Thames is perhaps best known for the magnificent Abbey Church of St Peter and St Paul. The village has a popular primary school and pre-school, a striking 15th Century coaching Inn ‘The White Hart’ with accommodation and an accredited ‘fine dining’ a la carte restaurant; and there is also a Co-op supermarket. Further information on the village amenities, businesses and events can be found on the village website; http://www.dorchester-on-thames.co.uk/
Drayton is a convenient and popular village in the outstanding countryside of the Vale of the White Horse, catering readily for everyday needs with a general store, post office, newsagent, hardware store, two pubs, a primary school and two churches, as well as a village hall and an 18 hole golf course. There are also bus routes to Oxford, Abingdon and surrounding villages. Drayton is very well placed for access to Oxford c.8 miles and market towns Abingdon c.2 miles and Wantage c. 8 miles. Nearby Didcot (to the east) has main line train services to London (Paddington) c. 45 minutes. The area offers a vast choice of education with the excellent Abingdon and Oxford Schools, in addition to the European school at Culham, and with primary schools locally within Drayton itself and adjacent village of Steventon and Sutton Courtenay. The extensive Business Park at Milton is close at hand where the A34 (M40) Oxford – Newbury (M4) route can also be accessed.
East Challow is situated just 1 mile to the west of Wantage (with footpath access to the town) and the village affords a popular primary school http://www.st-nicholas-pri.oxon.sch.uk/
with an established pre school attached, public house, church, village hall and a delightfully placed cricket pitch with club house. The nearby market town of Wantage offers a comprehensive range of amenities including shops, banks, supermarkets, leisure and recreational facilities. There are also excellent road links to A420/A34 via the A417 (West and East), which in turn lead to the M40 (North) and M4 (South). Didcot is situated to the East with a mainline train station to London (Paddington c.45mins).
East Challow is situated just 1 mile to the west of Wantage (with footpath access to the town) and the village affords a popular primary school with an established pre school attached, public house, church, village hall and a delightfully placed cricket pitch with club house. Adjacent award winning Wantage is an attractive market town, well deserved 2014 winner of ‘The Great British High Street Most Innovative Town Centre Award’, renowned for its association with King Alfred the Great. Situated at the foot of the outstanding ancient Ridgeway trail and Lambourn Downs, Wantage offers a comprehensive range of amenities, including major high street retailers Waitrose and Sainsburys; a plethora of shops, leisure/health and well-being facilities, banks, post office and recreational facilities; a museum, cafes, bistros, gift and clothing boutiques, pubs, restaurants, community clubs and organisations as well as the popular weekly market in the square itself and regular farmers’ market. There is also a good selection of primary and secondary education within the town itself in addition to the surrounding Faringdon, Abingdon and Oxford schools. Wantage has excellent road links to the A34 via the A417, which in turn leads north to Abingdon c.10 miles, Oxford c.17 miles (M40), alternatively south (M4) J14 c.9.4 miles. Didcot is situated to the east and benefits main line train station to London (Paddington c.45mins).
East Hendred is a highly sought after downland village with two church primary schools, a shop, two churches, a gastro pub and two further restaurants/country inns as well as an award winning Vineyard Further information on a host of community clubs, events and organisations can be viewed by accessing the website http://www.hendred.org/
Nearby Wantage provides a range of comprehensive amenities including shops, banks, leisure and recreational facilities as well as a weekly market and regular farmers markets. There is also a good selection of education provision within the local area including the excellent Abingdon and Oxford schools. East Hendred is well situated for excellent access to the A34 leading to the M4 Newbury c.16m (South) and M40 Oxford c.15m (North) via the A417 and a main line train station to London (Paddington 45mins) via Didcot c.6m is also close at hand.
Faringdon is a thriving historic market town set in the beautiful South West Oxfordshire countryside. Famous for its ‘Folly’ constructed on the site of an Anglo-Saxon fort in 1935 by the writer, composer and ‘bon viveur’, Lord Berners, Faringdon has many local places of interest to visit and is well situated for easy access to Oxford, Cirencester, The Cotswolds, The Thames, Wantage, Abingdon and Witney It boasts a variety of accommodation and many restaurants and pubs for good food, and there is a good range of education within the area including junior and infant schools, Faringdon College, Ferndale and Pinewood, St Hugh’s as well as the Oxford and Abingdon schools. Excellent fast route access via the A420 Oxford – Swindon link where a regular route 66 bus service commutes every half an hour and through the town. There are many clubs and organisations within the town, further information can be found by accessing the town website http://www.faringdon.org/
Farmoor is a village 3.5 miles (5.6 km) west of the centre of Oxford, Oxfordshire and forms part of the parish of Cumnor. The village is 550m from Pinkhill Lock on the River Thames. Farmoor has a village shop, church, filling station and a small business park called Farmoor Court. Farmoor Reservoir was built in 1967 and extended in 1976, it has a number of wetland nature areas and is a popular venue for sailing, windsurfing and trout fishing. Further information on village life including clubs, organisations and events can be found on the dedicated website http://www.farmoor.org/
Farnborough is a small village and civil parish in an area of outstanding beauty within West Berkshire on the Berkshire downs c.5 miles south of Wantage and c.10 miles north of Newbury and has a 12th Century church. The manor of Farnborough was held at the date of the Domesday Survey by the abbey of Abingdon, which had also held it under Edward the Confessor. Farnborough has excellent road links to the A338 with fast route access to the A34/M4 and access to main line train stations to London Paddington from Didcot to the East and Newbury to the South. Nearby Wantage offers a good selection of amenities including shops, bistros, coffee shops and restaurants and a twice-weekly market and regular farmers market. Oxford and Newbury are within easy driving distance and provide more extensive shopping and recreational facilities. Within the area there is a wide range of schools, both state and independent, including junior schools within the adjacent villages of Brightwalton and East Ilsley.
Fawley is a village and civil parish in the English county of Berkshire. The parish consists of three townships, North or Great Fawley, South or Little Fawley, and Whatcombe; the latter was once a distinct parish. The village of North Fawley, which forms a complete square, lies in a hollow in the downs around the church, South Fawley comprises only the Manor House and some cottages, while Whatcombe consists of the Manor House, now a training stable, and a few cottages occupied by the stable hands. It is located in the west of the district of West Berkshire, close to the Berkshire-Oxfordshire border near the Ridgeway http://www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway
, and just off the A338 between Great Shefford and Wantage. Fawley is the original 'Marygreen' of Hardy'sJude the Obscure. Jude's surname was Fawley, set there because it was the home of Hardy's grandmother. There are good road links to Oxford c.22m and Newbury c.12m with the nearest market town of Wantage c.5m, and a main line train station at Didcot c13.5m to London (Paddington 45mins). There is also a good selection of both state and private education with the local area.
Fernham is a picturesque Oxfordshire village in the Vale of the White Horse with views towards White Horse Hill, the oldest hill-carved horse in the country. This delightful village has more than 80 properties, three farms, a church with a recently developed village hall facility, a popular pub/restaurant, two village greens, a village pump and a children's play park. A small and vibrant Hamlet, Fernham has an excellent community spirit and is therefore often one of the reasons people choose to live here. Further information on village activities can be found on the village website http://www.fernham.info/
Swindon to the west and Didcot to the East have mainline train services to London Paddington (c.45 minutes). Excellent road links via the nearby A420 Oxford – Swindon route. There is a very good range of education provision within the locality including St Hughs at Carswell, Pinewood Prep in Bourton, Ferndale Prep, Radley College, Abingdon School, St Helen & St Katharines, Cokethorpe, Marlborough College and St Edwards. Well regarded primary schools and pre schools are found in the neighbouring villages Shellingford, Longcot and Ufffington. The comprehensive schools at Wantage and Faringdon have been rated by Ofsted as outstanding. Heathrow Airport circa 1.2 hours. Outdoor pursuits locally include golf courses at Carswell and Frilford Heath and equestrian centres at Little Coxwell, Highworth and Goosey, as well as the outstanding countryside surrounding Fernham including White Horse Hill and the Ridgeway for walking, horse riding and cycling.
Frilford Heath is a village in Oxfordshire, approximately 5 miles from the town of Abingdon and 8 miles from the city of Oxford. The hamlets of Frilford and Frilford Heath are on and near to the crossroads of the A338 Oxford to Wantage road and the A415 Witney to Abingdon road. Frilford Heath has one pub, The Dog House Hotel. The name originates from the days when wealthy farming gentry sent their offspring to be educated in Oxford and would arrive there complete with their horses and hunting dogs. The Colleges allowed their students to stable horses but not dogs, so the proprietor of the local inn offered an invaluable 'dog sitting' service and the venue became known as the Dog House. The centre of Frilford is dominated by the Abingdon School playing fields. Opposite the playing fields is the Abingdon Preparatory School and, down a short drive, Frilford Evangelical Chapel. There are also an abundance of other excellent choices of schools in the area including Cothill House, Chandlings Manor, The Manor Prep, The School of St. Helen’s and St. Katherine, Our Lady ‘s Convent Senior School, Abingdon School, Headington School, St. Edwards, Oxford High School, Dragon School and Radley College. On the outskirts of the village is Millets Farm Centre which includes a farm shop, restaurant, garden centre and small animal park. Nearby attractions include Kingston House and Gardens in Kingston Bagpuize and the Cothill National Nature Reserve. Leisure facilities include Frilford Heath Golf Club https://www.frilfordheath.co.uk/
providing 54 holes of championship golf course and the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre with a full array of leisure and sports facilities. Didcot mainline station c.11.5 miles (London Paddington 35/40 minutes) Oxford mainline station c.6.2 miles, Birmingham International Airport c. 1hr 18 mins (via M40 Oxford
Fyfield is a village in Fyfield and Tubneycivil parish, about 4.5 miles (7 km) west of Abingdon and has a population of circa 600. The village used to be on the main road between Oxford and Faringdon, but the A420 bypass now carries the traffic just south of the village. There has been a manor at Fyfield since at least the 10th Century and this attractive historic village also benefits from a 13th Century parish church. Excellent road links to Oxford, Abingdon, Witney and the north/London via the A420/A34/M40 and also the commercial centre of Swindon. There is a main line train station to London from Oxford and also from Didcot to the east (Didcot - Paddington c.45 mins). There is also an excellent range of both state and private primary and secondary education with the locality. For leisure there is an excellent 500 acre 54 hole golf course at nearby Frilford.
Gainfield is a small hamlet in an area of outstanding beauty situated equidistant to the larger villages of Buckland, Stanford in the Vale and Charney Bassett, within the parish of Buckland, Oxfordshire. Buckland is a village and civil parish about c.4m northeast of market towns Faringdon and c.8m west of Wantage, in the Vale of White Horse District. Buckland is an estate village, originally created to house those working at Buckland House. The River Thames forms the northern boundary of the parish, just over 1 mile (1.6 km) north of the village. The village benefits from a large Georgian stately home or manor house called Buckland House, a popular primary school and pub and in addition there is an excellent range of pubs, restaurants and local attractions within the area itself. Gainfield is situated between Oxford and the commercial centre of Swindon c.16m via the A420, where both also benefit from mainline train services to London (Paddington). Well regarded schools within the locality include St Hugh’s http://st-hughs.co.uk/ Pinewood Prep http://www.pinewoodschool.co.uk/ Ferndale Prep, as well as the Abingdon and Oxford schools. Popular primary schools and pre-schools at neighbouring Buckland, Stanford in the Vale, Shellingford and Uffington. The comprehensive schools at Wantage and Faringdon have been rated by Ofsted as outstanding. Heathrow Airport circa 1.2 hours. Outdoor pursuits locally include golf courses at Carswell and Frilford Heath and equestrian centres at Gainfield, Goosey, Little Coxwell and Highworth as well as the outstanding countryside surrounding Gainfield including White Horse Hill and the Ridgeway for walking, horse riding and cycling.
Garford is a village and civil parish about 6.5 miles north of award winning market town Wantage and 4 miles west of the river side town of Abingdon. The village had a watermill by 1086, when it was noted in the Domesday Book. The present Venn Mill, on Childrey Brook was built in about 1800but may occupy the same site as the ancient mill, it is in working order and open occasionally to the public. Farming is still to this day the predominant industry in the village itself. Garford has a church, village hall and enjoys the many walks in the countryside surrounding this small village. Local primary schools at adjacent East Hanney, Southmoor and Longworth, comprehensive schools at Wantage and Abingdon, in addition to the Abingdon and Oxford schools. Nearby Frilford has a prep school, garage and farm shop with a butchers and a garden centre; there is also a Prep school within the village. Garford has excellent road links via the A338/A315 crossroads linking north to Oxford (M40), east to Abingdon (A34), south to Wantage and west to Witney. Fast commuter train services from Didcot Parkway to London (Paddington 45 mins).
East and West Ginge are situated immediately below the south downs. West Ginge is in the parish of Lockinge, both hamlets having populations of less than 30. Nearby West Hendred is a small village and sister to the larger East Hendred, both of which are situated at the foot of the Berkshire Downs just 3 miles east of Wantage. West Hendred benefits from a 13th Century church, a popular public house/restaurant, a newly constructed children’s playground, an excellent village hall and playing field as well a regular bus service. East Hendred has two church primary schools, a shop, two churches, a gastro pub and two further restaurants/country inns as well as an award winning Vineyard. Nearby Wantage provides a range of comprehensive amenities including shops, banks, leisure and recreational facilities as well as a weekly market and regular farmers markets. There is also an excellent range of both private and state schooling within the local area. Ginge is well situated for excellent access to the A34 leading to the M4 Newbury c.16m (South) and M40 Oxford c.15m (North) via the A417 and a main line train station to London (Paddington 45mins) via Didcot c.6m is also close at hand.
Goosey is an unspoilt hamlet with a delightful semi-rural ambience with the properties attractively arranged around and overlooking an infamous Medieval Green, situated midway between the market towns of Wantage and Faringdon. Wantage is an attractive market town renowned for its association with King Alfred the Great whilst being situated at the foot of the ancient Ridgeway trail and Lambourn Downs, offering a comprehensive range of amenities, including shopping, leisure, health, banks, Post Office and recreational facilities, as well as a library, museum, various coffee shops, bistros, gift and clothing boutiques, pubs, restaurants, community clubs
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