St Mary's parish church
Great Shefford shown within Berkshire
|Area||13.6 km2 (5.3 sq mi)|
|Population||937 (2011 census)|
|– density||69/km2 (180/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Great Shefford|
|Unitary authority||West Berkshire|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Great Shefford and Shefford Woodlands|
Great Shefford (or West Shefford) is a village and civil parish on the River Lambourn in West Berkshire, England. The modern civil parish includes the historical parish of Little or East Shefford, a much-lessened small neighbourhood downstream. The parish also includes the village of Shefford Woodlands, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southwest of Great Shefford and near M4 junction 14.
|Output area||Homes owned outright||Owned with a loan||Socially rented||Privately rented||Other||km² roads||km² water||km² domestic gardens||Usual residents||km²|
Great Shefford village has a parish church, public house, school, shop and petrol station.
Service 4 (Newbury-Lambourn) serves Great Shefford. From 1898 until 1960 Great Shefford railway station on the Lambourn Valley Railway served the parish. The nearest main line station is in central Newbury, with a journey time to London Paddington from 50 minutes to 67 minutes.
Minor roads cross the parish, no dual carriageways. The nearest such road or greater is the M4 motorway, within one and a half miles of the southern boundary.
Unlike the three round-towered churches in Sussex, where the towers are plain flint cylinders with few openings, the tower at Great Shefford is built up of sections with ample fenestration, more like the East Anglian type. The base of the tower at least seems to date from the 13th century, and it joins the west wall of the nave in such a way that suggests it was constructed at the same time as the nave, which shows early gothic features.
- Key Statistics: Dwellings; Quick Statistics: Population Density; Physical Environment: Land Use Survey 2005
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