you drive through Steventon the most striking thing is
the imposing village green where cricket is played in
the summer. The green is surrounded by an assortment of
attractive houses and is bisected by the main road lined
with magnificent trees.
In the corner of the green
is the village hall. Village
greens are comparatively rare in
this part of Oxfordshire,
nearby large allotments add to the village's character.
Running along one side of the Green and allotments is
the causeway, a paved, tree-lined route believed to have
been built in the C14 by monks. It runs from one side
of the village to the other and ends at the C14 church
of St. Michael and All Angels. Near the church is The
Priory (C16) which is owned by the National Trust.
to part of the village, including the church, is by a
level crossing over the main London to Bristol railway
which cuts it off from the rest of the village.
The origins of the name of the village are unclear as it could have meant the estate belonging to a man called Stif(a) or alternatively it might have meant 'a farmstead at the tree stump place'.
Steventon is threatened with the construction of a new
reservoir as the
area between the village and, East Hanney, Marcham and Drayton is Thames Water's preferred site for a huge new reservoir
which if built will provide water for London, Swindon
5 miles south of Abingdon on the
B4017, formerly the
A34 before the village was bypassed.