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About Waterperry

Located in Oxfordshire and close to the Buckinghamshire County boundary, Waterperry village sits beside the River Thame about seven miles east of Oxford.

A part of the local landscape for over a thousand years, the parish church of St Mary the Virgin still retains some rare 12th century floor tiles and 13th century stained glass windows. With its plain exterior, wooden tower, Saxon chancel arch, brasses, Jacobean wall tablet and box pews, the church is considered an architectural gem.

An 18th century granary houses the Museum of Rural Life with an extensive collection of horticultural and agricultural tools.

Beatrix Havergal (affectionately known as Miss H) established her School of Horticulture for Ladies here from 1932 - 1971 in the extensive grounds of 17th century mansion Waterperry House.

The original emphasis was food production rather than ornamental gardens hence the extensive fruit orchards. Over 50 different varieties of apple are grown and Waterperry produces fruit juice commercially. Gardening courses are still taught here, however the rose and alpine gardens, meadows and the herbaceous border produce both colourful displays and perfume.

Claim to Fame:
  • Waterperry is home to Yewhenge, an accurate third-size replica of Stonehenge. The yew trees were planted early in the new millennium to the exact same geographical coordinates as the historic ancient monument on Salisbury Plain.
  • Each July the grounds host the annual Art in Action festival with national and international artists and makers taking part.

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