Taston

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Taston
The Standing Stone at Taston - geograph.org.uk - 975027.jpg
Thor Stone (left foreground), with the
Medieval preaching cross beyond
Taston is located in Oxfordshire
Taston
Taston
Location within Oxfordshire
OS grid referenceSP3621
Civil parish
District
Shire county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townChipping Norton
Postcode districtOX7
Dialling code01608
PoliceThames Valley
FireOxfordshire
AmbulanceSouth Central
EU ParliamentSouth East England
UK Parliament
WebsiteSpelsbury Parish Council
List of places
UK
England
Oxfordshire
51°54′14″N 1°28′26″W / 51.904°N 1.474°W / 51.904; -1.474Coordinates: 51°54′14″N 1°28′26″W / 51.904°N 1.474°W / 51.904; -1.474

Taston is a hamlet in Spelsbury civil parish, about 1.6 miles (2.6 km) north of Charlbury and 4 miles (6.4 km) southeast of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire.

History[edit]

Its toponym is derived from Thorstan meaning "Thorstone", a small standing stone claimed to be a thunderbolt of the god Thunor.[1]

At the centre of Taston are the base and broken shaft of a Medieval preaching cross.[2] It is a Grade II* listed building.[3]

Middle Farmhouse is a house built of coursed rubble in the 17th and early 18th centuries.[4] Part of the roof is of Stonesfield slate.[4] The farmstead has a four-bay barn that was built of stone early in the 18th century and altered in 1884.[5]

The Firkins is a small house near Thorsbrook Spring. It is built of rubble and probably dates from early in the 18th century.[6]

At Thorsbrook Spring, about 140 yards (130 m) southeast of the preaching cross, is a Victorian Gothic Revival memorial fountain. It was built in 1862 in memory of Henrietta, Viscountess Dillon,[7] wife of Henry Dillon, 13th Viscount Dillon.

References[edit]

Thor Stone
  1. ^ faerygirl (6 January 2011). "Thor Stone; Standing Stone / Menhir". The Modern Antiquarian. Julian Cope. Retrieved 26 April 2011.
  2. ^ Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 776. ISBN 0 14 071045 0.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Cross (1251432)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b Historic England. "Middle Farmhouse (1262715)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  5. ^ Historic England. "Barn Approximately 15 Metres South East of Middle Farmhouse (1251433)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  6. ^ Historic England. "The Firkins (1262714)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  7. ^ Historic England. "Memorial Fountain (1262769)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 27 February 2012.

External links[edit]

Medieval preaching cross: the steps, base and broken shaft survive