- Boxford, Berkshire
infobox UK place
country = England
static_image_caption = The mill at the centre of the village
region= South East England
postcode_district = RG20
Boxford is a
villageand civil parishin the unitary authorityof West Berkshire, part of the county of Berkshirein England.
It is situated on the east side of the
River Lambourn, about convert|4|mi|km northwest of Newbury but south of the M4 motorway. The associated settlement of Westbrook lies on the opposite side of the river.
The village has a number of thatched cottages and a
watermill. St Andrew’s Church is 15th Century with earlier Saxon remains [ cite web
url = http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=233572
title = National Monuments Record (St Andrews Church) ] . It consists of a
chancel, nave, north aisle, north-west vestry, south porch and a west tower.
Boxford House is a Grade II listed country house which is believed to date from 1825. It is constructed of
ashlarstone in a Gothic revival style, with mullioned and transomed windows. It has a slateroof and a parapet. It is a private residence [ cite web
last = Ford
first = David Nash
title = Boxford House
work = Royal Berkshire History
url = http://www.berkshirehistory.com/castles/boxford_house.html ] .
Boxford used to have a station on the
Lambourn Valley Railway.
Boxford is known for the ‘Boxford Masques’, an outdoor midsummer celebration held on Hoar Hill in the unspoiled woodland above the village overlooking the Lambourn Valley.
It was originally created in the late 1800s by a local writer, Charlotte Peake with her love of music, drama and poetry. The Boxford Masques was performed by locals and lasted only up until the First World War. It was revived in the year 2000 by the Watermill Theatre of Bagnor, near Newbury; it has been hugely popular since.
A number of
Bronze Agefeatures have been recorded near Boxford and an urn of this period has been found [ cite web
url = http://www.pastscape.org.uk/SearchResults.aspx?type=&class1=None&period=Bronze%20Age&county=Berkshire&place=Boxford&yearfrom=ALL&yearto=ALL&recordsperpage=10&source=text&sort=1&nmr=&defra=
title = National Monuments Record ] .
A hearth and pottery fragments from the
Iron Age, including a La Tène pot, have been found near the north end of Boxford Common [ cite web
url = | url = http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=233551
title = National Monuments Record (Monument No. 233551) ] . Iron Age pottery fragments and a possible earthwork have also been found near Borough Hill [ cite web
url = | url = http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=233581
title = National Monuments Record (Monument No. 233581) ] .
Mud Hall Cottage on Wyfield Farm is the site of a large Roman building which was excavated about 1870 [ cite web
url = http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=233554
title = National Monuments Record (Monument No. 233554) ] . Roman pottery and coins have been found at Boxford Rectory [ cite web
url = http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=233557
title = National Monuments Record (Monument No. 233557) ] . The course of
Ermin Street, a Roman road, runs through the south of the parish and a convert|130|m|yd section is visible from aerial photographs near William's Copse [ cite web
url = http://www.pastscape.org.uk/hob.aspx?hob_id=1307472
title = National Monuments Record (Monument No. 1307472) ] .
Boxford was recorded in the
Domesday Bookas "Bochesorne". It said under the list of lands that belonged to Abingdon Abbey:
* [http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=62679 'Parishes: Boxford with Westbrook', A History of the County of Berkshire: Volume 4 (1924), pp. 44-48. (via British History Online)]
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