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Moulsford from the River Thames
Moulsford-on-Thames is located in Oxfordshire
 Moulsford-on-Thames shown within Oxfordshire
Population 526 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SU585835
Civil parish Moulsford
District South Oxfordshire
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Wallingford
Postcode district OX10
Dialling code 01491
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Wantage
Website Moulsford Village Website
List of places

Coordinates: 51°33′04″N 1°08′42″W / 51.551°N 1.145°W / 51.551; -1.145

Moulsford is a village and civil parish in South Oxfordshire. In 1974 it was transferred from Berkshire to the county of Oxfordshire, and from Wallingford Rural District to the district of South Oxfordshire.

Moulsford is on the A329, by the River Thames, just north of Streatley and south of Wallingford. The west of the parish is taken up by the foothills of the Berkshire Downs, including the Moulsford Downs (a site of special scientific interest), Moulsford Bottom and Kingstanding Hill which is traditionally associated with King Alfred and the Battle of Ashdown. Like many other villages in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire it has been used for the filming of Midsomer Murders.


The Bronze Age 'Moulsford Torc' was discovered in the parish and bought by the Museum of Reading with the aid of a grant from the Art Fund in 1961. It is a hoop-shaped decorative neck ornament, made of four spirally-twisted gold-alloy strips held together by a delicate piece of twisted gold wire. In the Middle Ages Moulsford Manor was the English home of the powerful Carew family[2] who also held Carew Castle in Pembrokeshire.

Just north of Moulsford is Moulsford Railway Bridge on the Great Western Main Line, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and built in 1838–39.

Fair Mile Hospital was a lunatic asylum at Moulsford from 1870 to 2003, originally named the Moulsford Asylum.[3]

The Beetle and Wedge east of the village centre is a public house on the River Thames, on the site of a former ferry crossing.

Parish church[edit]

Moulsford parish church began as a chapelry of Cholsey.[4] The first known record of the chapel dates from between 1220 and 1227.[4] The botanist and geologist John Stevens Henslow was its vicar in the 1830s.[citation needed]

In 1846 most of the mediaeval church was demolished and the current Church of England parish church of Saint John the Baptist, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, was built on its foundations.[4] Scott's Gothic Revival building retains the west wall of the original church, which includes a 13th-century Early English Gothic lancet window, and the timber frame of the bellcote.[4]


  1. ^ "Area: Moulsford CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Royal Berkshire History: Moulsford Manor
  3. ^ "Fair Mile Hospital". UK: Berkshire Family History Society. Retrieved 22 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d Page & Ditchfield, 1923, pages 504-507

Sources and further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Moulsford at Wikimedia Commons