East Hagbourne

Lying between Didcot and the Berkshire Downs is the medium sized village of East Hagbourne. The village is linked to Didcot by New Road, a straight road lined with rather uninteresting 20th century houses so different from the remainder of the village. Apart from New Road East Hagbourne is an extremely attractive village with many old houses with character.

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Main Road, with its variety of fine old cottages, red-bricked Georgian, black and white thatched and a few Victorian in style, winds through the centre of East Hagbourne from St. Andrew's Church to the remains of a medieval preaching cross known as Lower Cross and the war memorial. 

St. Andrew's Church was probably originally an 11th century Saxon church with additions having been made to it through the ages. The nave and chancel were built in the 12th century on an earlier foundation. The church has a Sanctus bell-cote on the square tower, a Sanctuary Knocker on the door, a peal of eight bells and some fine memorial brasses.

A paved footpath from the churchyard of St. Andrew's links East Hagbourne with the village of West Hagbourne, about a half mile to the west the other side of the embankment of a disused railway.

Three Medieval Crosses once stood in East Hagbourne. Standing close to the church is the restored cross known as Upper Cross with its five steps and two sundials on top. However a couple of broken stumps are all that remain of the Lower Cross and the cross at nearby Coscote.

Legend has it that The Great Fire of Hagboume in 1659 destroyed cottages that stretched over the fields by the brook all the way to West Hagboume. The Great fire certainly happened but, according to the West Hagbourne Village History Group, this legend is a myth as the fire was restricted to that part of the village east of St. Andrew's and Domesday records prove that the two villages were never linked and have always been separate communities. Apparently Londoners donated money for the relief of villagers in East Hagbourne and this was reciprocated in 1666 by the village when they returned the compliment and dispatched money for the relief of London!

Blotting paper was invented in East Hagbourne, albeit accidentally. However none is now made in the village. The only inn remaining in the village is the Fleur de Lys in Main Road.

East Hagbourne is about a mile south of Didcot on the B4016.

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