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15th-century building and The Old Boot Inn
Stanford Dingley shown within Berkshire
|Population||209 (Civil Parish, 2001)|
|OS grid reference|
|– London||45.4 miles (73.1 km)|
|Civil parish||Stanford Dingley|
|Unitary authority||West Berkshire|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Stanford Dingley is a village and civil parish in Berkshire, England. It is also an ecclesiastical parish within the Diocese of Oxford, part of the Church of England. It is situated in the West Berkshire district, between Newbury and Theale. The villages of Frilsham, Bradfield, Bucklebury and Burnt Hill are also nearby.
Stanford Dingley is located in the valley of the River Pang, on the minor roads between the A4 Bath Road and the M4 motorway. The parish mostly consists of farmland, with some woodland in the upland regions. The southern parish boundary runs along the edge of the woodland on the northern slopes of Clay Hill. The northern boundary is the motorway. Bucklebury lies to the west and Bradfield to the east. The village is centred on the River Pang, spreading north-south along Cock Lane, that runs between Bradfield Southend and Yattendon. Slightly detached to the south is the hamlet of Jennetts Hill and to the north is 'The Buildings'. The pond complex around the 'Blue Pool', containing artesian aquifers, though generally thought of as part of Stanford Dingley is actually just across the parish boundary in Bradfield.
Stanford is from the Old English for "Stoney-Ford", perhaps indicating a Roman river-crossing of the Pang heading towards Dorchester-on-Thames. Dingley was the name of the lords of the manor. One of their wives has a brass memorial in the 12th century Church of England parish church of Saint Denys. The church has remnants of the original Saxon church within its inner walls. The main door and nave wall paintings date from the 13th century and the white wooden bell tower was built in the 15th century. The churchyard is notable for a number of sweet chestnut trees.
Buildings of interest in the village include a 15th-century public house, 'The Bull', and an 18th-century one, 'The Old Boot Inn'. The latter has a regular Burns Night celebration at which Pippa Middleton, from Chapel Row nearby, has been known to carry the haggis into the inn accompanied by bagpipes.
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