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St Andrew's church
Chaddleworth shown within Berkshire
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The village of Chaddleworth lies below the southern slopes of the Berkshire Downs, just east of the A338 road, which runs between Hungerford and Wantage to form the western parish boundary. The south-east corner of the village is called Nodmore and the hamlet of Southend sits only a mile to the north-east. In the north of the parish is Woolley and in the south is Poughley, both barely hamlets now. Woolley Down rises above the former. The parish mostly consists of farmland, with some scattered woodland such as Nine Acre Wood, Spray Wood, Down Copse, Rooksnest Copse and Bassdown Copse. The West Berkshire Golf Course, on Buckham Hill, and the northern edge of RAF Welford are in Poughley.
Character and amenities
Chaddleworth has a primary school, a pub and a population. The parish church sits in the western portion of the village adjoining the manor, Chaddleworth House. A second manor is centred on Woolley Park within its own deer park. Woolley is the site of a deserted medieval village. The house was the home of the Tipping family for many generations — including Bartholomew Tipping IV and Bartholomew Tipping VII, both High Sheriff of Berkshire — and now of their descendents, the Wroughtons. The current owner is the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, Sir Philip Lavallin Wroughton. Poughley has the remains of a medieval priory.
Chaddleworth's pub, The Ibex, has won several awards including South East Entertainment Pub of the Year 2010 and West Berks CAMRA Community Pub 2009 but has been surrounded in controversy when the landlady Julia Jones stole over £15,000 from the village post office effectively closing the branch.
Traditional legal practices
Chaddleworth historically had tenants who held land by copyhold and enjoyed an unusual legal practice associated with widows' rights known as Free Bench. The rights to copyhold land inheritance from a husband were usually forfeited if his widow remarried. However, in Chaddleworth the steward of the manor was obliged to reinstate the rights if she rode into the manor court, backwards on a black ram, whilst at the same time reciting a particular set of bizarre lines ending in a request for their restoration.
- "Best Community Pub 2009". CAMRA. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
- Johnson, Ben (28 January 2010). "Pub landlady sentenced over theft". Newbury Today. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
- Nash, David. "Chaddleworth". Royal Berkshire History. Retrieved 23 October 2011.
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