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About Childrey

This village of around 500 population is situated on the edge of the Berkshire Downs and close to the famous White Horse Hill at Uffington. The first evidence of occupation near the village is Roman however the name Childrey has Saxon origins.

The Norman church of St Mary's in Childrey has a magnificent window of restored 14th Century medieval glass.

Restoration of Childrey bridle bridge is part of the long term plan to restore the Wilts and Berks Canal. Once the new bridge is complete it will connect two isolated stretches of canal and re-connect the towpath.

Claim to Fame:

St Mary's Church has numerous monumental brasses, including one to William Fynderne and his wide which is 1.3 meters long and reputed to be the longest in the county.

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