Steventon, near historic Abingdon, new 80 acre permission! Saturday 9th September

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80+ acres of freshly cultivated wheat stubble available on this first visit to our latest permission.

In a superb area, Steventon houses a Priory which was founded early in the 12th century in the reign of Henry I. It was controlled by the Benedictine Bec Abbey in Normandy. In the 14th century it became unpopular with the Crown, and in the reign of Edward III the abbey was allowed to sell Steventon Priory off.

The Domesday Book of 1086 records a church in the manor of Steventon and the earliest part of the present Church of England parish church of St Michael and All Angels is dated to 1220.

In the 14th century St Michael’s was rebuilt and is now A Grade I listed building.


Steventon Methodist Church tower has a ring of six bells. William Yare of Reading, Berkshire cast the fourth and tenor bells in 1613. Henry I Knight, also of Reading, cast the second bell in 1617. Ellis II Knight and Henry III Knight cast the treble bell in 1674. William Taylor of Loughborough cast the third and fifth bells in 1849, presumably at the foundry in Oxford that his family ran until 1854.

The Causeway is a medieval cobbled path and former road nearly 1 mile (1.6 km) long running almost east–west through the village linking St Michael’s church with the Abingdon – Newbury main road. The south side of the Causeway is lined by houses, a number of which are medieval timber-framed buildings.

Steventon is on what used to be the main road between Oxford, Abingdon and Newbury. The section from Oxford and Abingdon through Steventon to Chilton Pond was turnpiked in 1755.

This event will commence at 08:30 after a 5 minute briefing. Please register below if you wish to attend and if you need to cancel for any reason.

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