Regis is prettily situated on the ege of the Berkshire Downs in the valley of the Letcombe
Brook, which rises at nearby Letcombe
Bassett, at the confluence with another, smaller,
the village from Wantage the road falls slightly as you
approach the village. In the village you are rewarded
by the several attractive thatched cottages and other
interesting buildings and in the spring the verges are
pretty with snowdrops and daffodils.
village was first recorded as 'Regis' in the reign of
Richard II, but long before it had been a Royal manor
of the kings of Wessex. The village now has two manors. The Old Manor being the original manor house. The second manor house, Antwicks Manor is believed
to be on the site of a royal hunting lodge. It was substantially
rebuilt at the end of the 19th century although parts
of it date from around 1780. A third, more recent, manor house once stood where there are now reirement homes.
centre of the village is dominated by St Andrew's church
which stands on a mound near where the two streams meet.
Parts of the church date from the 12th century. An interesting
obelisk in the churchyard records the death of a Maori
chief who came to England to train as a Christian minister
and died here of tuberculosis when he was 19 years old.
a mile to the south of the village, high on the downs
along the Hungerford road, is a convenient hostel for
Ridgeway walkers. This is also open all day for light
refreshments and provides an alternative to the Greyhound
pub in the village. Nearby is the Ridgeway hill fort,
Letcombe Castle, also known as Segsbury Camp.
Regis is about a mile and a half south-west of Wantage.