Discover the History, Beauty, and Diversity of West Hendred
West Hendred’s Unique Diversity
West Hendred is a unique downland linear parish encompassing a wide variety of land types – chalk downland, greensand on the spring line and clay to the north. This makes West Hendred one of the most diverse parishes in the country and a great place to discover the beauty of nature.
West Hendred is home to a number of historical landmarks, including the Icknield Way and The Ridgeway. These ancient pathways have been preserved through the generations, allowing you to explore the area’s rich history in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.
The Great Western Main Line
The Great Western Main Line runs through West Hendred, providing a great way to explore the area. With easy access to Oxfordshire and Wantage, you can enjoy the beauty of West Hendred while also taking advantage of easy transport links to the wider area.
History of the Village
The earliest reference to West Hendred dates back to the 10th century when it was granted to Abingdon Abbey by Eadwig and Edgar the Peaceful. In 1538, Corpus Christi College, Oxford became the Lord of the Manor. Holy Trinity is a Grade I listed building as it is a surviving example of the building phase of the village.
Education in West Hendred
The parish school of West Hendred was in operation from 1945 to 1967, with the last head teacher being Mr. E.A.G. Prosser. In 1967 the school was closed and combined with the school in East Hendred in new premises.
West Hendred has a public house, The Hare, on the main A417 road to Wantage. It is now a gastropub and is a popular spot for visitors to the village. The village also has several Grade I listed buildings, including Holy Trinity church, which is a great example of the architectural style of the 10th century.