Long Wittenham

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Long Wittenham

Nestled along the banks of the Thames, Long Wittenham lies in the Thames Valley in South Oxfordshire under the watchful gaze of Wittenham Clumps, an Iron Age hill fort in our sister village of Little Wittenham.

Mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086, Long Wittenham has a rich history evident as one strolls around the village. Cruck Cottage, one of the oldest houses in South Oxfordshire, is believed to date from the 13th century. There are a number of picturesque timber framed and thatched cottages in the village, as well as an eclectic mixture of more modern buildings, from Georgian houses and post-war ‘Cornish’ housing, to barn conversions and new builds.The nave of the village church, St Mary’s, was built in 1120, and over the next three centuries more elements of the current church were added. It is thought that the church was built on the foundations of an earlier Saxon church; during the early 7th century legend has it that St Birinus preached on the steps of the Village Cross, bringing Christianity to the heathen locals.