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Uffington is a village and civil parish about 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Faringdon. It is most commonly associated with the Uffington White Horse hill figure, a marvellous chalk figure that overlooks the village.
In 1630, Elizabeth Craven, widow of Sir William Craven, bought the Uffington and Compton estates from Sir Francis Jones.
Uffington United Football Club plays in North Berks Football League Division Four. Uffington Cricket Club plays in Oxfordshire Cricket Association Division Four. Uffington has also a badminton club and a tennis club.
Claim to fame:
John Betjeman, Poet Laureate, lived in the village and Thomas Hughes, author of Tom Brown's School Days, was born at Uffington vicarage. Several of Hughes' books are based on local people and places; the museum is actually housed in the school featured in his most famous work.