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Hanney was an ancient ecclesiastical parish about 3 miles (5 km) north of Wantage in the Vale of White Horse. It included the villages of East Hanney and West Hanney (known collectively as "The Hanneys") and Lyford.[1] Hanney was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred the Vale of White Horse to Oxfordshire.


The villages were formerly islands in marshland, hence the Old English "-ey" ending of their toponyms. Charney Bassett, Childrey and Goosey are other nearby examples.

Parish churches[edit]

The parish church of Saint James the Great, West Hanney was the mother church of the parish.[1] The church of St. Mary, Lyford was built in the Middle Ages as a dependent chapel.[1] East Hanney had a dependent chapel of St. James by 1288 but it was dissolved in the 16th century.[1] A new chapel of St. James the Less was built in the 1850s but then made redundant in the 20th century.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Page & Ditchfield, 1924, pages 285-294
  2. ^ Pevsner, 1966, page 133


  • Page, W.H.; Ditchfield, P.H., eds. (1924). A History of the County of Berkshire, Volume 4. Victoria County History. pp. 285–294.
  • Pevsner, Nikolaus (1966). Berkshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 133.

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Coordinates: 51°37′N 1°24′W / 51.617°N 1.400°W / 51.617; -1.400