Hinton-Waldrist (St. Margaret)

HINTON-WALDRIST (St. Margaret), a parish, in the union of Farringdon, hundred of Ganfield, county of Berks, 8 miles (W. by N.) from Abingdon; containing, with the hamlet of Duxford, 353 inhabitants. Henry III., in 1217, granted a charter to Henry de St. Valery, for a market to be held here on Wednesday; but it has long been disused. The parish is bounded on the north by the river Isis, and comprises, according to survey in 1837, an area of 1847 acres, of which by far the greater portion is arable land: the higher grounds command extensive views, embracing Blenheim and Witney, with much picturesque scenery. There are some quarries of good freestone, which is used for building and other purposes. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £23. 7. 6., and in the gift of J. Loder Symonds, Esq.: the tithes were commuted for land in 1761. In the neighbourhood are traces of an intrenchment, now an orchard, near which is an eminence called Windmill Hill, supposed to have been a signal station.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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