Aston Upthorpe

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Coordinates: 51°34′26″N 1°12′18″W / 51.574°N 1.205°W / 51.574; -1.205

Aston Upthorpe
Aston Upthorpe church.jpg
All Saints' parish church
Aston Upthorpe is located in Oxfordshire
Aston Upthorpe
Aston Upthorpe
 Aston Upthorpe shown within Oxfordshire
Population 190 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SU5586
Civil parish Aston Upthorpe
District South Oxfordshire
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Didcot
Postcode district OX11
Dialling code 01235
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Wantage
Website The Astons.Net
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Aston Upthorpe is a village and civil parish at the foot of the Berkshire Downs about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Didcot. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire. Home to Bill Simpson former actor Dr Finlay and Tracy Reed actress.

Prehistory[edit]

Half of the 360 foot (110 m) high Blewburton Hill is in the parish. The hill is the site of an Iron Age hill fort that may have been occupied from the 4th century BC to the 1st century BC.[2]

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of All Saints may date from the second half of the 11th century.[3] However, the only surviving Norman features are one small window in the north wall of the nave and the blocked-up remains of a south doorway.[3] The nave roof may be 14th century and its west wall and Perpendicular Gothic window may be 15th century.[3] The wooden north porch is of uncertain date,[2] possibly the first half of the 17th century.[3] In 1859-60 the Gothic Revival architect P.C. Hardwick restored the nave[3] and rebuilt the chancel.[2] The bellcote is also wooden and has two bells,[3] and may have been added by Hardwick.[2] All Saints is now a member of the Churn Benefice.[4]

Thorpe Street, Aston Upthorpe

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