The River Lambourn flows through the picturesque village of Boxford, the centre of which is a conservation area with a cluster of beautiful period cottages and St Andrew's Parish Church.

It has a chocolate box feel with thatched roof houses.

The River Lambourn flows through the picturesque village of Boxford.

There is a railway station at Newbury with a fast service to London Paddington (fast train to Paddington has an approx. travel time of 36 minutes) and road access to London via the M4 motorway.

The region is well known for its excellent schooling with local educational services available at primary and secondary level.

Unfortunately the pub has now closed.

There are plans for a possible future.

The village has an excellent community spirit, tennis club with a variety of events throughout the year, one of which, is the summer school club which commences the first week of the school holidays.

The village hall is an amazing venue for weddings, parties, various classes, and also has many events where the villagers can socialise.

There are lovely walks through the village and the nearby countryside.

The pre-school nursery in the village is an attraction not only for local children but also those from neighbouring villages.

A Roman villa building at Mud Hole, Boxford, West Berkshire, was examined by excavation in 2017 and 2019, and found to be of probable fourth-century date. Read more....


The village has a large recreation ground and a village hall, home to the mother and toddler group and a pre- school.

Boxford no longer has a school, but children are able to travel by bus to Stockcross Primary School.

Whereas Boxford was a pastoral community before the First World War, only about 16% of residents now work in the Parish.

The village hall is available for hire, it was built in 2014 and has two halls, a pre-school hall and a community hall.

There is a wall between the two, which can be opened.

 It has a fitted kitchen, disabled facilities, wheelchair accessible, a car park, an area for BBQ’s, a recreation ground with a dedicated children’s play area.


There is no pub in the village, but there are pubs in the surrounding villages.


There is a tennis club.


The school is at nearby Stockcross.


There is evidence of a church in Boxford from as early as the 11th century.

Like most country churches of its time, the original St. Andrew’s was considerably smaller and simpler than it is today, comprising only a nave and chancel.

The present building dates from around 1225 and was mainly built from local flint, although there are indications that the east chancel wall may be of earlier Saxon origin.

It is part of the East Downland Benefice.


The No 4 bus stops at The Bell Inn.

There is also the handy bus – a volunteer service.


The parish council is Boxford Parish Council.


Before the advent of man, the area was covered by a warm sea, evidenced by rare microscopic sea creatures found in one of Boxford’s chalk pits, and now protected by Natural England as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Early man was drawn to settle here because of the clear water supply and river ford.

Neolithic flints have been found across the Parish from Westbrook to Ownham. Earthworks at Borough Hill near Wyfield Farm are evidence of an Iron Age settlement and Romans who lived alongside the locals left many relics across the whole Parish as well as a network of roads, of which Ermin Street is the most notable.

Much of the land in the Parish was subsequently owned by Abingdon Abbey, later confiscated by Henry VIII and leased, sold or gifted during his reign and that of Elizabeth I.

Up to World War I, Boxford was a largely self sufficient settlement with farmers, bakers, brewers, millers, wheelwrights, cartwrights, ropemakers etc. and many people in domestic service.

Church registers and census data record the beginning of the end of the old social order following the war, with far fewer people in domestic service and many trades disappearing.

After the First World War, villagers tried unsuccessfully to raise enough funds for a lych- gate as a memorial for those villagers who had given their lives and built a modest war memorial instead.

A Millennium Project refurbished this war memorial, and built the intended lych-gate together with a brick and flint wall which re-established the boundary between the churchyard and village green.

Additionally, in collaboration with local school children, research was undertaken into the lives of the men named on the memorial.

This was subsequently published in leaflet form and distributed to every household.

Parishioners also contributed to a substantial time capsule which was buried under the large threshold stone in the centre of the lych-gate.

Boxford Barleycorn, a history of Boxford written by Elsie Huntley in the late sixties and published in 1970 by the Abbey Press, has long been out of print. 

Boxford Barleycorn, a history of Boxford written by Elsie Huntley in the late sixties and published in 1970 by the Abbey Press, has long been out of print. It is a gold mine of information for those lucky few who have copies. It is therefore not surprising that 77% of respondents to Question 20 supported printing a simple history of the Parish, including a list of its historic features.

The Parish is very fortunate in that many documents of historical interest are held locally; however, few people see them.

Recently, there has been an extensive archaeological dig , discovering an amazing mosaic.

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