is a charming litle village at the foot of the Berkshire Downs and overshadowed
by the prancing White Horse on White Horse Hill. It is
an attractive little village with several thatched cottages,
many with chalk walls. Through the centre of the village
the lane is dark and cool with overhanging trees and the
sound of a brook which rises at the foot of White Horse
Hill which passes under the road to the sound of a nearby
the The White Horse Inn in the centre of the village is
a rather unusual three-storey house built of brick which appears rather out-of-place and which is rumoured to have been built to enable the then owner to spy into his neighbour's garden after
chalk and sarcen stone walled church, the Church of All
Saints, is up a short lane towards Manor Farm. It was
built in 1195 by the priory of St. Swithun and has an
unusual and attractive lead font.
village is on the site of a long-vanished luxurious Roman
villa. Excavations carried out on its discovery in the
19th century revealed that it had at least three geometrically
patterned mosaic floors. Few records were kept of these
excavations, but further excavation in the 20th century
revealed more information about the villa.
the coming of piped water, the village had since Saxon
times relied on the village wells or the brook for its
water supply. Legends associate these wells with the white
horse of White Horse Hill fame and with Wayland the Smith
(whose Smithy is beside the Ridgeway above Compton Beauchamp).
Both apparently used to drink there!
well-known prehistoric hill figure, the Uffington White
Horse, is carved
into the hillside above the village. At 360ft by 130ft,
it can be seen from miles around, with the best views
probably from the London to Bristol railway line to the
north. 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 just north of the B4507 between
Wantage and Ashbury.