Dunsden Green

Coordinates: 51°29′32″N 0°56′14″W / 51.4923°N 0.9372°W / 51.4923; -0.9372
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Dunsden Green
The village green at Dunsden
Dunsden Green is located in Oxfordshire
Dunsden Green
Dunsden Green
Location within Oxfordshire
OS grid referenceSU7377
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townReading
Postcode districtRG4
Dialling code0118
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteEye & Dunsden Parish Council
List of places
51°29′32″N 0°56′14″W / 51.4923°N 0.9372°W / 51.4923; -0.9372

Dunsden Green or Dunsden is a village in the civil parish of Eye & Dunsden in the South Oxfordshire ward of Sonning Common, about 3 miles (5 km) northeast of Reading, Berkshire. Until 1866 it was in the Oxfordshire part of Sonning parish.[citation needed]


The toponym means "valley of a man named Dyn(n)e". In 1086 the Domesday Book recorded it as Dunesdene, and a document of 1586 records it as Donsden Grene.[citation needed] The Church of England parish church of All Saints[1] was designed by the architect John Turner and built in 1842.[2] Nearby is the former vicarage. The future First World War poet Wilfred Owen lived here from September 1911 to February 1913 when he served as a lay assistant to the parish priest, Rev. Herbert Wigan.[3] The Dunsden Owen Association has been formed to commemorate the poet's links with the area, and a smartphone app can be downloaded which provides an interactive guide to the sites with which he was connected.[4]

The village school was built in 1848. It closed in December 1973[5] and is now the village hall.[6] In 2002 the microbrewery Loddon Brewery was established in a converted 18th century brick and flint barn at Dunsden Green Farm.[7] In November 2007 a new community orchard was established by the planting of a Blenheim Orange apple tree on the village green by Lord Phillimore, the main local landowner.[8] The orchard is beside the village green.

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  1. ^ Parish Churches of Shiplake, Dunsden and Harpsden
  2. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus; Sherwood, Jennifer (1974). The Buildings of England: Oxfordshire. Harmondsworth: Penguin. p. 590. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
  3. ^ "Dunsden | The Wilfred Owen Association". Archived from the original on 14 November 2017. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  4. ^ The Dunsden Owen Association
  5. ^ Law, Brian R. (2001). Eye and Dunsden. Two centuries of change in an Oxfordshire parish. Dunsden: Brian R. Law. p. 130. ISBN 0-9540199-0-3.
  6. ^ "Eye & Dunsden Parish Council: The Village Hall". Archived from the original on 7 February 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  7. ^ The Loddon Brewery Archived 12 January 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Eye & Dunsden Community Orchard

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