Aston Upthorpe

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Aston Upthorpe
Aston Upthorpe Thorpe street.jpg
Thorpe Street, Aston Upthorpe
Aston Upthorpe is located in Oxfordshire
Aston Upthorpe
Aston Upthorpe
Location within Oxfordshire
Area4.74 km2 (1.83 sq mi)
Population179 (2011 Census)
• Density38/km2 (98/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSU5586
Civil parish
  • Aston Upthorpe
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townDidcot
Postcode districtOX11
Dialling code01235
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteThe Astons.Net
List of places
51°34′26″N 1°12′18″W / 51.574°N 1.205°W / 51.574; -1.205Coordinates: 51°34′26″N 1°12′18″W / 51.574°N 1.205°W / 51.574; -1.205

Aston Upthorpe is a village and civil parish about 3 miles (5 km) southeast of Didcot in South Oxfordshire. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire. The motion picture National Lampoon's European Vacation (1985) - Stonehenge Scene was filmed a mile to the south of the village on the ancient downland. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 179.[1]


Half of the 360 foot (110 m) high Blewburton Hill is in the parish. The hill is the site of an Iron Age hill fort that may have been occupied from the 4th century BC to the 1st century BC.[2]

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of All Saints may date from the second half of the 11th century. However, the only surviving Norman features are one small window in the north wall of the nave and the blocked-up remains of a south doorway. The nave roof may be 14th century and its west wall and Perpendicular Gothic window may be 15th century.[3] The wooden north porch is of uncertain date,[2] possibly the first half of the 17th century. In 1859–60 under the direction of the Gothic Revival architect P.C. Hardwick, the nave was restored [3] and the chancel was restored.[2] The bellcote is also wooden and has two bells,[3] and may have been added by Hardwick.[2] All Saints is now part of the Benefice of the Churn.[4]


  1. ^ "Area: Aston Upthorpe (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 5 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Pevsner 1966, p. 74.
  3. ^ a b c Page & Ditchfield 1923, p. 280–291.
  4. ^ Archbishops' Council. "Benefice of The Churn". A Church Near You. Church of England. Archived from the original on 30 May 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015.


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