Binfield Heath

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Binfield Heath
Binfield Heath pub.jpg
The Bottle and Glass public house
Binfield Heath is located in Oxfordshire
Binfield Heath
Binfield Heath
 Binfield Heath shown within Oxfordshire
Area  6.13 km2 (2.37 sq mi)
Population 709 (2011)[1]
   – density  116/km2 (300/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU7478
Civil parish Shiplake
District South Oxfordshire
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Reading
Postcode district RG9
Dialling code 0118
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Henley
Website Binfield Heath
List of places
UK
England
Oxfordshire

Coordinates: 51°30′34″N 0°55′25″W / 51.5095°N 0.9235°W / 51.5095; -0.9235

Binfield Heath is a village and civil parish in South Oxfordshire, England. It is centred 2.6 miles (4.2 km) SSW of Henley-on-Thames and 3.6 miles (5.8 km) northeast of Reading, Berkshire (the nearest towns) and is on a southern knoll of the Chiltern Hills. The village has a Congregational Church, ground for polo, Michelin star chef-run restaurant and public house. Twelve of its 294 homes (as at the 2011 census) are listed, one of which is a BBC Georgian mansion with a separately listed garden grotto and saw a significant decline in its use in the year 2014.

Creation as a village[edit]

For earlier history, see Shiplake.

Until 2003, Binfield Heath and the hamlet of Crowsley were the western part of the civil parish of Shiplake. This almost exactly rectangular tract of land acquired its own civil parish in 2003. Having some other amenities, Binfield Heath meets the criteria of a village — omitting the old criterion of an Anglican place of worship to give the contemporary definition of a village. The central community is green buffered but not isolated, as it is a relatively small knoll in the foothills of the Chiltern Hills: Dunsden church is 0.5 miles (0.80 km) south-west and both communities are combined with the ecclesiastical parish today of Shiplake.[2]

Geography[edit]

Two cottages in the south-west of Binfield Heath near to the main area of woodland, forming part of the background.

Binfield Heath has an almost continuous street of Victorian properties, Shiplake Row, which leads 0.5 miles (0.80 km) and descends 25 metres to the nucleus of the larger village of Shiplake by the River Thames. The village has an independent Christian place of worship covering a larger ecclesiastical area of its own, a Congregational church.[3]

The village nucleus (it has some dispersed clusters) is centred SSW of Henley-on-Thames and 3.6 miles (5.8 km) northeast of Reading, Berkshire, the nearest towns.[4]

Crowsley Park Wood is the parish's largest woodland and lies across part of the settled roads in the village from Comp Wood, the Common, Oakhouse Wood and the field-surrounding Kings Common which are the other main woodlands.

Landmarks[edit]

Crowley Park House
20th century homes around a green junction in the nucleus of the village.

The Crowsley Park estate, including a Grade II (initial category) listed, 18th century mansion house, a grotto, barns and a stable, is west of the village centre which has the vast majority of buildings in the village. In the heart of the village and to the west and south are eleven other homes, equally listed: Jasmine Cottage, Freize Farmhouse, The Well House, Fir Tree Cottage, Thatched Cottage, Shiplake Rise Cottage, Holmwood, The Bottle and Glass, The Old House, Coppice Cottage, Elm Tree Farmhouse, Hampstead Farm Stable, and seven barns.[5]

Congregational church[edit]

The Congregational Church was built in a Gothic Revival style in 1835, an early embellished example of what was considered a nonconformist and which remains a protestant place of worship.[6]

Amenities[edit]

  • Public house: the Bottle and Glass
  • Restaurant: Orwell's — open since 2010, of Michelin-starred chef, Ryan Simpson.[7]
  • Polo club and horse riding lessons.[8]

Demography[edit]

The population rose by 9.6% in the ten years to 2011 (from 643 in 2001 to 709).

2011 Census Key Statistics
Output area Population Homes % Owned outright % Owned with a loan km² km² Greenspace[n 1] km² gardens km² road and rail[1]
Binfield Heath (civil parish) 709 294 53.7% 36.1% 6.13 5.62 0.22 0.10

Nearest places[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Comprises here cultivated fields, woodland, pasture, a public green and no marshland.
References

External links[edit]

Media related to Binfield Heath at Wikimedia Commons