Sandy Lane in
the shadow of Boars Hill is the old village of Wootton, or what is left of it, and it has a sprinkling of thatched
cottages and the attractive little parish church, St.
Peter's, parts of which date from medieval times. St.Peter's
was originally built as a small chapel-of-ease to the mother
church at Cumnor.
modern village comprises mainly housing estates with a
lot of ribbon development spreading back towards Abingdon.
In the centre is a small parade of shops and the public
The village name
is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word meaning the township
in the wood, Wood-tun. In Saxon times woodland covered
all the lower slopes of the hill and much of the valley
Oxfordshire has another village called Wootton. the other one being near Woodstock in West Oxfordshire.
Wootton is on the B4017 about mid-way between Abingdon and Oxford.