Shefford Woodlands

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Shefford Woodlands
St Stephen, Shefford Woodlands - geograph.org.uk - 1539169.jpg
St Stephen's church
Shefford Woodlands is located in Berkshire
Shefford Woodlands
Shefford Woodlands
 Shefford Woodlands shown within Berkshire
OS grid reference SU3673
Civil parish Great Shefford
Unitary authority West Berkshire
Ceremonial county Berkshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Newbury
Postcode district RG17
Dialling code 01488
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Newbury
Website Great Shefford and Shefford Woodlands
List of places
UK
England
Berkshire

Coordinates: 51°27′23″N 1°28′29″W / 51.4564°N 1.4748°W / 51.4564; -1.4748

Shefford Woodlands is a village in West Berkshire, England, about 3 miles (5 km) northeast of the market town of Hungerford. The village is in the civil parish of Great Shefford, about 1 mile (1.6 km) southeast of Great Shefford village. Shefford Woodlands is about 545 feet (166 m) above sea level in the Berkshire Downs, and just north of Junction 14 on the M4.

History[edit]

Shefford Woodlands developed where the road linking Hungerford and Wantage (later a turnpike, now the A338) crossed the Roman road of Ermin Street linking Silchester and Gloucester.

Woodlands House and the barn next to White House were built in the 18th century.[1][2] Both are now Grade II listed buildings.[1][2] The barn is a timber-framed building, originally of six bays, and enlarged in the 19th century.[2]

In the 19th and 20th centuries there were significant Wesleyan and Primitive Methodist congregations in Great Shefford parish, and Shefford Woodlands had a Methodist chapel.[3] It fell into disuse, but then in 1911 was consecrated as the Church of England church of St Stephen,[3] making it a dependent chapelry of the parish of St Mary, Great Shefford. Sunday services and St Stephen's are held once a month.[4]

Amenities[edit]

The Pheasant Inn[5] and a childcare centre[6] are just outside the village.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Woodlands House, Shefford Woodlands". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 11 July 1983. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "Barn adjoining the White House". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. 11 July 1983. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "History of Great Shefford". Great Shefford and Shefford Woodlands. The Parish of Great Shefford. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Churches". Great Shefford and Shefford Woodlands. The Parish of Great Shefford. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  5. ^ The Pheasant Inn
  6. ^ Springburn childcare

External links[edit]

Media related to Shefford Woodlands at Wikimedia Commons