Stanford Dingley

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Stanford Dingley
Stanford Dingley, 15th century Building - - 2597.jpg
15th-century building and The Old Boot Inn
Stanford Dingley is located in Berkshire
Stanford Dingley
Stanford Dingley
Stanford Dingley shown within Berkshire
Area 4.82 km2 (1.86 sq mi)
Population 179 (2011 census)[1]
• Density 37/km2 (96/sq mi)
OS grid reference SU575715
• London 45.4 miles (73.1 km)
Civil parish
  • Stanford Dingley
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town READING
Postcode district RG7
Dialling code 0118
Police Thames Valley
Fire Royal Berkshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°26′24″N 1°10′16″W / 51.440°N 1.171°W / 51.440; -1.171Coordinates: 51°26′24″N 1°10′16″W / 51.440°N 1.171°W / 51.440; -1.171

Stanford Dingley is a village and civil parish in West Berkshire, England, between Newbury, the nearest large town (West Berkshire's largest), and Theale, which has the nearest motorway junction.


Stanford Dingley fills part of both sides of the valley of the upper part 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 official and actual northern boundary is the motorway which is buffered by the area's only area of woodlands, covering about a fifth of the total area. Bucklebury lies to the west and Bradfield to the east. The village spreads 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.


2011 Published Statistics: Population, home ownership and extracts from Physical Environment, surveyed in 2005[1]
Output area Homes owned outright Owned with a loan Socially rented Privately rented Other km² roads km² water km² domestic gardens Usual residents km²
Civil parish 33 25 9 11 3 0.040 0.016 0.151 179 4.82


St Denys's parish church, next to Manor Farm

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.

Notable residents[edit]

Thomas Tesdale, the founding benefactor of Pembroke College, Oxford, was born in Stanford Dingley in 1547.


Public houses (pubs)[edit]

These are

  • a 15th-century example: The Bull
  • 18th-century, The Old Boot Inn.

The latter has a regular Burns Night celebration at which Pippa Middleton (now Pippa Matthews), from Chapel Row nearby, on more than one occasion carried the haggis in accompanied by bagpipes.[2]

Anglican community[edit]

Stanford Dingley continues to be an ecclesiastical parish in the Church of England, recorded as such since in the Domesday Book following the Norman Conquest. It shares in events and clergy with the benefice of Bucklebury, Bradfield and Stanford Dingley known more commonly among younger adult members of the church as 2BSD.[3][4]

Nearest places[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Key Statistics: Dwellings; Quick Statistics: Population Density; Physical Environment: Land Use Survey 2005
  2. ^ Catherine Ostler, She's better connected, more outgoing and has the body of a Bond girl dated 18 February 2011 at, accessed 19 February 2011
  3. ^ benefice of Bucklebury, Bradfield and Stanford Dingley] The Church of England. Retrieved 2014-12-12.
  4. ^ Information about the parish and the wider benefice served The Church of England. Retrieved 2014-12-12.

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