lies below the Berkshire Downs and in medieval times, like other nearby villages, Denchworth would
have been surrounded by marshland, especially
during wet periods. The entry for Denchworth in the Doomsday Book confirms
there has been a settlement here for a long time and it
predates the Normans.
The original village church was probably a
Saxon wooden structure, but its location is unknown.
The oldest feature of the present church of St. James'
is the C12 (Norman) south doorway, now inside the Victorian
porch. There was major building work during the 13th and
15th centuries when the belfry was added and the chancel
was rebuilt with new windows in the east and south walls.
The belfry houses a peal of four bells but, they
can no longer be swung because
the structure is too weak.
Denchworth has a Village Hall and a small Village Green
with a medieval 'Stone' of unknown origin. It also has
a village pump,
still in its original site.
The village pub is the
is about 4 miles north of Wantage and can only be approached