Drayton St. Leonard
is an attractive small village of about 100 houses on a minor road which winds through the village. The fields around Drayton
St. Leonard are very flat and it is known that this area
used to be a marsh. By day Drayton St. Leonard is a sleepy,
quiet village but nowhere is quiet all the time so is
Drayton St.Leonard a rat-run at certain times of the day?
name 'Drayton' meant 'a farmstead near a slope for dragging
down loads' or 'where drays or sledges were used'. There
is a ford on the track from the village leading to Newington on the opposite side of the river, so could this be a
reference to a slope down to the this ford? St. Leonard
is one of the saints after whom the parish church is dedicated.
parish Church of St Leonard & St Catherine has been
used for worship for over 800 years. Much of the Nave
of the church is Norman although the Chancel was added
later. Its most striking feature is the free-standing
clapboard tower built of massive oak and chestnut beams
standing within the main building and rising through the
roof to a height of 43 feet.
St. Leonard lies beside
the River Thame, about two miles north west of where it
joins the Thames at Dorchester.
The village is on a minor road about a mile and a half
south of Stadhampton.