Challow is a small village at the foot of the Berkshire
Downs. It has four roads which form a square
with most of the houses on the 'inside' edge of the square.
They dont give away much about themselves and as you walk around you feel
that the village is a very 'private' sort of village,
not wanting to expose itself too much!
village has its own small church, the Church of St. Laurence
reached by footpath from three of the roads in a quite
attractive location near a small brook. The church has
a C12 nave and C15 chancel and porch and the windows in
the east, north and south walls are original. In the porch
is an old notice which reveals that The Incorporated Church
Building Society granted £15 in 1891 towards reseating
and repairing the church and that all the seats are for
the free use of parishioners in accordance with the law!
old Wilts and Berks Canal skirts the village on the south
side. The canal used to run from Trowbridge to Abingdon
and it is being gradually restored by the Wilts
and Berks Canal Trust.
half a mile from the village is the site of a roman
villa. It was situated in an idyllic spot on the Downs
with delightful views over the Vale of the White Horse
about half a mile from the prehistoric Icknield Way, which
was known to have been used in Roman times.
Challow is about two and a half miles west of Wantage, just
south of the A417.