Explore Denchworth and Its Rich History

Early Origins

Denchworth has a rich and fascinating history that dates back centuries. According to the Abingdon Chronicle, the village was granted to Abingdon Abbey by Cædwalla of Wessex late in the seventh century and confirmed by Coenwulf of Mercia early in the ninth century. The Domesday Book records that by 1086 Henry de Ferrers held the manor of Denchesworde.

Ancient Landmarks

The parish is bounded by the Land Brook in the west and the Childrey Brook in the east, and is home to some ancient landmarks. Farthing Corner is a Grade II listed building, originally built as a toll house in the late 18th century. In addition, Denchworth Manor House is a Grade II listed building, and was constructed in the 17th century.

Explore Denchworth Today

Today, Denchworth is a vibrant village and civil parish, located about 2.5 miles north of Wantage. With no station, the Great Western Main Line runs through the parish just south of the village.

A 14th or 15th Century Preaching Cross

At the junction of Brook Lane and Hyde Road lies the base and broken shaft of a 14th or 15th century preaching cross. This is an important reminder of the villagers’ strong religious faith during the medieval period.

The Fox Inn

The Fox Inn is a 17th-century public house that is now controlled by Greene King Brewery. The pub is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike, offering a unique atmosphere and a taste of the village’s rich history.

A National School and Endowment Fund

In 1729, Richard Gilgrasse left £50 to be invested in land, with the income from the investment being used to fund the teaching of poor children in Denchworth parish. A sum of £53 13s 2d in British government consols was added to this after Denchworth’s common lands were enclosed in 1806. A National School in Denchworth was established in 1858, with the former school building now being used as a house. The interest from the consols was put towards the upkeep of the building.

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