The village has a fine church, known as The Cathedral of the Vale, an excellent museum and a large village hall used by many local groups and for a range of outside functions. The village also organises and hosts the famous White Horse Show during Sunday and Monday of the August bank holiday each year. The village shop and post office, located next to the village hall, stocks food and general supplies, newspapers and magazines. National Lottery tickets are also on sale.
The common lands of Uffington, Baulking and Woolstone were enclosed in 1776.
Read more about the history of Uffington Castle, White Horse and Dragon Hill.
Heavy Horses Main Arena Display (both days) • Old Berks Hunt and the parade of hounds (Monday) • Ferret Racing and Falconry Display • Clay Pigeon, Target Shooting and Archery (Have a go – all levels welcome) • Dog Show (Enter your dog- Times and classes will be displayed on the day by the Dog Show Arena) • Farm Animals and Poultry, Rural skills (Weaving, Honey) and much more!!
To the east of the Manger lies Dragon Hill, a small roundish hill with a flattened top. It is said to be the site where St. George, England's patron saint, slew the dragon. The blood poisoned the ground and left a white chalk scar for all to see.
St Mary's church is a Grade I listed building. Its parish is part of the Benefice of Uffington, Shellingford, Woolstone and Baulking.
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Uffington has literary connections too. 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.
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THEATRE FOR ALL AGES – The “Nine White Horses” is presented by Theatre des Bicyclettes with performances and theatre workshops across both days
HAVE-A-GO COUNTRY PURSUITS – in a fantastic (and safe) setting looking up to the White Horse Hill
Uffington ‘Castle’, which occupies the summit of Whitehorse Hill, is a rare and outstanding example of a large Iron Age hillfort. The famous White Horse is the oldest chalk-cut hill figure in Britain, perhaps over 3,000 years old. Nearby Dragon Hill, a natural mound about 10 metres high, is named for its association with the legend of St George.
In March 2012, as part of a pre-Cheltenham Festival publicity stunt, a bookmaker added a large jockey to the figure.
The route of the former Wilts & Berks Canal passes just north of Uffington. It was built late in the British canal boom and was completed in 1810. The canal was never very profitable, competing with the Kennet and Avon Canal and then Great Western Railway. The Wilts & Berks Canal was formally abandoned in 1914.
Uffington is a village and civil parish about 4 miles (6.4 km) south of Faringdon and 6 miles (10 km) west of Wantage. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 783.
The Folkestone White Horse, Kent, is based on this horse.
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It has long been debated whether the chalk figure was intended to represent a horse or some other animal. However, it has been called a horse since the 11th century at least. A cartulary of Abingdon Abbey, compiled between 1072 and 1084, refers to "mons albi equi" at Uffington ("the White Horse Hill").
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Despite popular Victorian theories, Uffington was not the location of the Battle of Ashdown in 871 and the White Horse was not created as a memorial by King Alfred's men.
The most significant nearby feature is the Iron Age Uffington Castle, located on higher ground atop a knoll above the White Horse. This hillfort comprises an area of approximately 3 hectares (7.4 acres) enclosed by a single, well-preserved bank and ditch. Dragon Hill is a natural chalk hill with an artificial flat top, associated in legend with St George.
The Show is located in fields overlooked by the famous bronze age figure of the Uffington White Horse, which is over 3,000 years old.
The Blowing Stone, a perforated sarsen stone, which lies in a garden in Kingston Lisle, two kilometres away and which produces a musical tone when blown through, is thought[by whom?] possibly to have been moved from the White Horse site, in 1750.
Located in the charming village of Uffington, South Oxfordshire
A crop mark in a field in Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, was discovered in September 2004 which was of a similar shape to the Uffington horse, prompting concern over whether it was the remains of white horse at the spot or whether the shape is the random result of peculiar growth patterns in the crop.
It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire. Uffington is most commonly known as the location of the Uffington White Horse hill figure.
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The village is one of chalk-block houses and thatch, at the foot of the White Horse Hills. The parish church is known as "The Cathedral of the Vale". The village is in the middle of the Vale of the White Horse, otherwise known as the Ock Valley. Like most parishes in the Vale, Uffington parish is long and thin, running north-south, so that it includes both low-lying arable land and grazing upland on the Berkshire Downs.
White Horse Hill is open all year round and it's a great place for dogs and their owners to get some daily exercise.
To the west are ice-cut terraces known as the "Giant's Stair". Some believe these terraces at the bottom of this valley are the result of medieval farming, or alternatively were used for early farming after being formed by natural processes. The steep sided dry valley below the horse is known as the Manger and legend says that the horse grazes there at night.
The horse is thought to represent a tribal symbol perhaps connected with the builders of Uffington Castle.
Until the late 19th century the horse was scoured every seven years as part of a more general local fair held on the hill. When regular cleaning is halted the figure quickly becomes obscured; it has always needed frequent work for the figure to remain visible.
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Historic Cars with Main Arena Parade (Monday) • Classic Motorbikes with Main Arena Display (Sunday) • Vintage Tractors with Parade (both days) • Helicopter Static Display • Static Engines • Vintage Tea Rooms • Model Boat Society • Model Toys • Wantage Silver Band
The Church of England parish church of St Mary is cruciform and was completed about 1250. The tower central, positioned over the crossing between the nave, chancel and transepts, and is octagonal. Some of the present windows were inserted in the 17th century.
Enjoy a walk across the ancient chalk downs of Oxfordshire and absorb the history found along this enigmatic stretch of the ancient Ridgeway.
The River Ock forms most of its northern boundary. The western boundary runs up across Dragon Hill, Whitehorse Hill, Uffington Down and the gallops on Woolstone Down before turning north again as the eastern boundary across Kingston Warren Down and Ram's Hill, almost to Fawler and partially along Stutfield Brook. The parish formerly included Baulking and Woolstone.
It is quite similar to horses depicted on Celtic coinage, the currency of the pre-Roman-British population, and the Marlborough, Wiltshire bucket.