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A brief history of The Hanneys. A great book of memoirs from the people of the Hanneys was written in 2011 by Angela Cousins and covers nearly 100 years of history in East and West Hanney. More details can be found out about it here.

Hanney History Group meets regularly, find out more here.

Dandridges Mill

Dandridge Mill

The mill was built in 1820 as a water-driven silk mill, the silk originally milled by Napoleonic prisoners. In 1839 when the silk trade collapsed it became a grain mill.

In 1881 the owner was 61 year old Dennis Dandridge. Dennis had come to the village some 30 years earlier from East Hendred. By 1887 Dennis had retired and his sons Alfred and Edgar were running the mill to be joined later by the younger brother also called Dennis.

Dandridges Mill continued operating until the Second World War when it was converted into a small engineering works and used for building parts of the Mosquito Bomber aircraft.

Later still it was used as a sculptor's studio. The Mill was converted in 2009 into luxury appartments, the mill's original water race has been harnessed for sustainable power.

St James The Great Church

St James The Great _1943

The Saxons built the first Church in West Hanney, although little evidence now remains bar two Stone Saxon Coffins situated in the North Porch.

The Normans completed the basic structure of the present Building, a simple East-West rectangular place of Worship with the main Porch placed, unusually, on the North side. The Inner Arch of this Porch is an excellent example of Norman Carving of a Chevron pattern.

Inside the Church is a fine example of a Norman period Font carved with delicate vertical bands of Rosettes. The Moulded Base, designed to raise the height of the Font was added in the 13th Century.

The original central Tower was demolished and replaced by the North Transcept Chapel-cum-Tower in the late 12th century. The upper section of the Tower was found to be in a dangerous state during the early part of last century and was rebuilt and the fine set of 6 Bells re-hung in a new Frame during the middle part of the century.

The Chancel was completely rebuilt in the 15th century, but the stained glass 14th century east window in the decorated style was retained. A beautiful Window of Christ in Glory, surrounded by five Saints and two Gallipoli Veterans commemorates the 1914-1918 War.

The High Altar is a suberb slab of Purbeck Marble, estimated to be two million years old. The wooden Altar Rails with their finely turned Balusters are 17th Jacobean, as is the Pulpit, carved with dragons.

To the right of the High Altar is a 15th century Piscina, once used to house and wash the Chalice and Sacred Vessels. The Sanctuary Floor in front of the High Altar contains several notable Brass Memorials.

The original Norman Church did not include a South Aisle, and in the 14th century the original south wall was converted into a five bayed columned Arcade, and a new South Wall was added.

The South Transeptal Chapel, sited at the East end of the South Aisle has a delicately carved wooden Altar. The trefiol headed Lancets and cusped rere arches are largely 19th century restorations.

The Vestry west of the south Aisle was constructed by a local craftsman as recently as 1994, as part of a major restoration project. A new Heating system was installed in 2007.

On the North wall see a Memorial Tablet to Elizabeth Bowles who died in 1718 at age 124.

Local Links

Useful links to other web sites in and around The Hanneys.


Public transport

Stagecoach, Thames Travel and RH Buses operate a regular services to and from East Hanney, destinations include; Abingdon, Chilton, Marcham, Wantage, Grove, Cumnor, Oxford, Didcot and Milton Park.



Parish councils for Easn & West Hanney and links to regional government


Local area

A local map detailing the streets and house names in the two villages.

Local map

Telling Tales

Telling Tales is a book by Angela Cousins about the recollections of the villagers of East and West Hanney.