Discover Lyford – Where History Meets Modern Life

The History of Lyford

Lyford is a village and civil parish on the River Ock about 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Wantage, with a rich and long history dating back to the Domesday Book in 1086. The toponym refers to a ford over the River Ock, which has since been replaced with a bridge on the road to Charney Bassett. The name is derived from the Old English lin, meaning “flax”.

Modern Life in Lyford

Today, Lyford is a thriving community with modern amenities. The village has a post office, village store, pub, and a primary school, providing all the necessary amenities for modern life. Within the parish there are a number of charming walks, allowing visitors to explore the local area and take in the stunning views.

Explore Lyford Today

Visit Lyford today and experience a place rich in history and tradition. Take in the stunning views, explore the local walks and discover a modern village full of amenities. There is something for everyone in Lyford, so come and explore today!

An Ancient Legacy of Medieval History

Edmund I’s Grant of Land

The manor of Lyford dates back to at least 944 AD, when Edmund I granted six hides of land to Ælfheah. This original grant of land was later expanded by Canute the Great in 1034, and the manor is documented in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it is listed as Linford.

The 16th Century Manor House

The present manor house was built in the latter part of the 16th century, and further extended in 1617. This stunning structure is Grade II* listed, making it a significant part of British history. With its long and storied past, the manor of Lyford is a great destination to explore and learn about medieval history.

Lyford Grange

Just east of the village, you will find Lyford Grange. Originally a moated manor house built in a quadrangle by Abingdon Abbey, the present house was constructed between 1430 and 1480. This Grade II* listed timber-framed structure with a post-and-truss roof is an incredible testament to the history and legacy of Lyford. During the reign of Elizabeth I, the Grange belonged to a recusant family, the Yates, who harboured a community of Bridgettine nuns. Visit Lyford Grange to explore a fascinating part of British history.

Remembering the Brave Airforce Aircrew of HK788

The Avro Lancaster B.I Special Bomber Aircraft

On 8 April 1945, an Avro Lancaster B.I Special bomber aircraft, HK788 of No. 9 Squadron RAF based at Bardney in Lincolnshire, had taken part in a raid on a benzole factory in mainland Europe. On its return flight the plane caught fire and sadly crashed in a field barely 400 yards (370 m) south of the parish church and Manor Farm. All seven aircrew were killed.

Remembrance Plaque

In October 2008 the widow of one of the crew provided a plaque commemorating the seven dead. This plaque serves as a reminder of the bravery and courage of these aircrew and is a dignified testament to the service personnel who so bravely sacrificed their lives for their country.

Flight Sergeant Gordon Symonds

Flight Sergeant Gordon Symonds was born and raised in Wantage and was sadly killed just a couple of miles from his home. We honor and remember the bravery of Flight Sergeant Gordon Symonds and all the aircrew who gave their lives on HK788 in April 1945. They will never be forgotten.

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