Compton Beauchamp and Knighton
Beauchamp is at the foot of the Berkshire Downs on the southern edge of the Vale of White Horse, about a mile west of White Horse Hill.
At the entrance to the village is the entrance to Compton
House, an old moated manor house. Nearby is the small
attractive chalk-stone Church of St Swithun.
quarter of a mile from the village of Compton Beauchamp
is the tiny hamlet of Knighton.
mile to the south of Compton Beauchamp, and a short walk
along the Ridgeway from Uffington
White Horse and Uffington
Castle, is Wayland's
Smithy, one of the finest chambered long barrows in
Britain. Parts of the long barrow date from 3700BC. Its
name was given some 4,000 years later by the Saxons who,
imagining it was the work of one of their gods, Wayland
the Smith, named it Wayland's Smithy. Later, a legend
grew that Wayland would re-shoe any passing traveller's
horse left along with a silver penny beside the tomb.
Beauchamp is just off
the B4507 Wantage to Ashbury Road, about a mile west of White Horse Hill.