Stanford Dingley


Stanford Dingley

Stanford Dingley is a village and civil parish in Berkshire, England. It is also an ecclesiastical parish within the Diocese of Oxford, part of the Church of England.It is situated in the West Berkshire district, between Newbury and Theale.The villages of Frilsham, Bradfield, Bucklebury and Burnt Hill are also nearby.

Geography

Stanford Dingley is located in the valley of the River Pang, on the minor roads between the A4 Bath Road and the M4 motorway. The parish mostly consists of farmland, with some woodland in the upland regions. The southern parish boundary runs along the edge of the woodland on the northern slopes of Clay Hill. The Northern boundary is the motorway. Bucklebury lies to the west and Bradfield to the east. The village is centred on the River Pang, spreading north-south along Cock Lane, that runs between Bradfield Southend and Yattendon. Slightly detached to the south is the hamlet of Jennetts Hill and to the north is 'The Buildings'. The pond complex around the well-known 'Blue Pool', containing artesian aquifers, though generally thought of as part of Stanford Dingley is actually just across the parish boundary in Bradfield.

History

Stanford is a Saxon word meaning 'Stoney-Ford', perhaps indicating a Roman river-crossing of the Pang heading towards Dorchester-on-Thames. Dingley was the name of the lords of the manor. One of their wives has a fine brass memorial in the 12th century parish church of Saint Denys. Other buildings of interest include a 15th century public house, 'The Bull', and an 18th century one, 'The Old Boot'. Thomas Tesdale, the founder of Pembroke College, Oxford was born in Stanford Dingley in 1547.

ee also

* List of places in Berkshire
* List of civil parishes in Berkshire

External links

* [http://www.bsd-parishplan.co.uk/index.html Bradfield and Stanford Dingley Parish Plan]
* [http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadAreaSearch.do?a=3&c=stanford+dingley&i=1001&m=0&enc=1&areaSearchText=stanford+dingley&areaSearchType=16&extendedList=true&searchAreas=Search Neighbourhood Statistics]
* [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/unit_page.jsp?u_id=10008311 A Vision of Stanford Dingley Through Time]
* [http://website.lineone.net/~itakethatone/page4.html St. Denys—Stanford Dingley]
* [http://www.bluepool.gwr.bz/ The Blue Pool]


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