is a picturesque little Vale village that clearly used to be a
thriving busy community. Apparently
at one time it had three general stores and various
other shops and businesses, but now it gives the impression of
being a sleepy little village. Fernham has several attractive
and quaint cottages and an equally attractive little church.
The peace and quiet is probably only disturbed by the
traffic as it winds its way through the village along
the High Street is the pretty little 19th century Church
of St. John the Evangelist. The village pub is The Wodman
The village pump has recently been given an attractive
new roof. Now a symbolic village feature, the pump still
has an eight-foot deep stone-lined bottle well underneath
- though it has been safely capped off.
village has views of the well-known prehistoric hill figure,
White Horse. This is carved
into the hillside above the nearby village of Woolstone and can be seen from miles around, with the best views
probably from the London to Bristol railway line which
runs to the south of the village. Uffington White Horse
is by far the oldest of all Britain's hillside white horse
figures and there have been many theories about its origin.
These theories and the and many myths about the White
Horse and its surrounding landscape are explored on David
Nash Ford's Royal Berkshire History.
is about three miles
south of Faringdon and about six miles east of Shrivenham on the B4508.