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Thames Valley Villages, Volume 1 (of 2)

Thames Valley Villages, Volume 1 (of 2)
Title: Thames Valley Villages, Volume 1 (of 2)
Release Date: 2018-06-23
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Copyright Status: Public domain in the USA.
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Transcriber’s Note: Illustrations have been moved so as not to fall inthe middle of paragraphs (leaving them as close to the original positionin the book as possible). A few minor printing errors were corrected.

Volume II is available as Project Gutenberg ebook #57366.


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THAMES VALLEY VILLAGES


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WORKS BY CHARLES G. HARPER

The Portsmouth Road, and its Tributaries: To-day and in Daysof Old.

The Dover Road: Annals of an Ancient Turnpike.

The Bath Road: History, Fashion, and Frivolity on an OldHighway.

The Exeter Road: The Story of the West of England Highway.

The Great North Road: The Old Mail Road to Scotland. TwoVols.

The Norwich Road: An East Anglian Highway.

The Holyhead Road: The Mail-Coach Road to Dublin. TwoVols.

The Cambridge, Ely, and King’s Lynn Road: The GreatFenland Highway.

The Newmarket, Bury, Thetford, and Cromer Road: Sportand History on an East Anglian Turnpike.

The Oxford, Gloucester, and Milford Haven Road: TheReady Way to South Wales. Two Vols.

The Brighton Road: Speed, Sport, and History on the ClassicHighway.

The Hastings Road and the “Happy Springs of Tunbridge.”

Cycle Rides Round London.

A Practical Handbook of Drawing for Modern Methods ofReproduction.

Stage Coach and Mail in Days of Yore. Two Vols.

The Ingoldsby Country: Literary Landmarks of “The IngoldsbyLegends.”

The Hardy Country: Literary Landmarks of the Wessex Novels.

The Dorset Coast.

The South Devon Coast.

The Old Inns of Old England. Two Vols.

Love in the Harbour: a Longshore Comedy.

Rural Nooks Round London (Middlesex and Surrey).

Haunted Houses: Tales of the Supernatural.

The Manchester and Glasgow Road. This way to GretnaGreen. Two Vols.

The North Devon Coast.

Half Hours with the Highwaymen. Two Vols.

The Autocar Road Book. Four Vols.

The Tower of London: Fortress, Palace, and Prison.

The Somerset Coast.

The Smugglers: Picturesque Chapters in the Story of an AncientCraft.

The Cornish Coast. North.

The Cornish Coast. South.

The Kentish Coast. [In the Press.

The Sussex Coast. [In the Press.

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AT ASHTON KEYNES.


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THAMES VALLEY
VILLAGES

BY
CHARLES G. HARPER

VOL. I

ILLUSTRATED FROM PHOTOGRAPHS BY W. S. CAMPBELL
AND FROM DRAWINGS BY THE AUTHOR

ISIS

London: CHAPMAN & HALL, Ltd.
1910

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PRINTED AND BOUND BY
HAZELL, WATSON AND VINEY, LD.,
LONDON AND AYLESBURY.


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CONTENTS

PAGE
Introduction 1
CHAPTER I
Cirencester—Source of the Thames—Kemble—Ashton Keynes—Cricklade—St. Augustine’s Well 8
CHAPTER II
Castle Eaton—Kempsford—By the Thames and Severn Canal to Inglesham Round House—Lechlade—Fairford—Eaton Hastings Weir—Kelmscott—Radcot Bridge 50
CHAPTER III
Great Faringdon—Buckland—Bampton-in-the-Bush—Cote—Shifford 110
CHAPTER IV
Harvests of the Thames: Willows, Osiers, Rushes 128
[viii]CHAPTER V
New Bridge, The Oldest on the Thames—Standlake—Gaunt’s House—Northmoor—Stanton Harcourt—Besselsleigh 138
CHAPTER VI
Cumnor, and the Tragedy of Amy Robsart 161
CHAPTER VII
Wytham—The Old Road—Binsey and the Oratory of St. Frideswide—the Vanished Village of Seacourt—Godstow and “Fair Rosamond”—Medley—Folly Bridge 186
CHAPTER VIII
Iffley, and the Way Thither—Nuneham, in Storm and in Sunshine 200
CHAPTER IX
Abingdon 216
CHAPTER X
Sutton Courtney—Long Wittenham—Little Wittenham—Clifton Hampden—Day’s Lock and Sinodun 234
[ix]CHAPTER XI
Dorchester—Benson 260
CHAPTER XII
Wallingford—Goring 272
CHAPTER XIII
Streatley—Basildon—Pangbourne—Mapledurham—Purley 293

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LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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Cirencester Church: Showing the Great Buttress 11
The Old Mill House, Ashton Keynes 23
The Infant Thames, Ashton Keynes 31
Approach to Cricklade 35
St. Sampson, Cricklade 39
Strainer-Buttress, St. Sampson’s, Cricklade 43
“Lertoll Well” 43
The Iron Girder Bridge, Castle Eaton 51
The Old Bridge, Castle Eaton 51
Castle Eaton Church: Showing Sanctus-Bell Turret 55
The Thames and Severn Canal, Near Kempsford 55
Kempsford Church 61
Inglesham Round House 67
A Street in Fairford 71
Lechlade 75
Fairford, from the River Coln 79
The Great West Window, Fairford, Displaying the “Doom” 83
Monument in the Park, Fairford, where the Famous Windows were Buried 87
Kelmscott Manor 95
[xii]Kelmscott Church 99
Radcot Bridge 103
A Thames-side Farm 125
Gateway, Cote House 125
A Thames-side Farm 129
New Bridge: the Oldest Bridge across the Thames 139
Northmoor: Church and Dovecote 143
Stanton Harcourt: Manor House and Church 147
Early English Screen (Unrestored), Stanton Harcourt 153
Cumnor Church 163
Statue of Queen Elizabeth, Cumnor Church 167
Tomb of Anthony Forster, Cumnor 173
Eynsham 187
Iffley Church: North Side 201
West Door, Iffley Church 205
The Bridge, Nuneham Courtney 209
Carfax Conduit, Nuneham Courtney 213
Abingdon 217
The Town Hall, Abingdon 223
St. Helen’s, Abingdon 227
Old Houses, Steventon Causeway 231
Sutton Courtney Church 235
Sutton Courtney 239
Interior, Sutton Courtney Church 239
Ancient Timber Porch, Long Wittenham (Unrestored) 245
Day’s Lock, and Sinodun Hill 249
Clifton Hampden 257
Sedilia, Dorchester Abbey 261
The East Window, Dorchester Abbey 265
The Jesse Window (on the left), Dorchester Abbey 269
Dorchester 273
Dorchester Abbey 273
[xiii]Wallingford 277
Wallingford: Town Hall, and Church of St. Mary-the-More 281
Goring Church 285
Hour-Glass Stand, South Stoke 285
Pangbourne Church