Lisle is one of the spring-line villages at the foot of
the Berkshire Downs overlooking the Vale of White Horse and where chalk was a favoured material for building. The
village is probably named after Gerald De Lisle who was
born in 1248, the son of Robert Lisle who married a Kingston
lady, Alice Fitzgerald.
the southern entrance to the village is Kingston Lisle
House, which stands in Kingston Lisle Park. The house
is built on the site of an earlier manor house sometimes
known as Kingston Castle. The present Kingston Lisle House
was built in 1677 with two wings added later, in 1812.
to the entrance to Kingston Lisle Park is the Church of
St. John the Baptist, parts of which are Norman. The walls
have paintings which depict scenes from the life and also
the beheading of St. John.
the centre of the village is the Blowing Stone Inn, named
after a block of perforated
sarsen that stands beside the roads half a mile to
the south of the village in Blowingstone Hill. If you
are able to close one of the holes completely with your
mouth and blow the stone makes a foghorn-like sound which,
according to legend, was used by King Alfred to call the
local men to fight at the Battle of Ashdown.
Lisle is along the B4507 between Wantage and