A village of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of West Berkshire

Brief History

Stanford was the ‘stony ford’ across the River Pang. This was usually a Saxon name applied to a Roman crossing, but there are no known Roman roads in the area. Perhaps it was a smaller track.

Stanford was the ‘stony ford’ across the River Pang. This was usually a Saxon name applied to a Roman crossing, but there are no known Roman roads in the area. Perhaps it was a smaller track.

The village is listed in the Domesday Survey of 1086. There were eleven serfs & villeins (tenant farmers) and two bordars (cottage dwellers) and their families, and even a mill.Today, the village is full of 17th and 18th century houses. Notable are the two pubs

The Boot Inn is famous, these days, as the former local of the Duchess of Cambridge. The Bull is more historically interesting. It is an old coaching inn dating back to the 15th century where you can still partake of the ancient game of ‘Ring the Bull’. You must hook a horn using a ring suspended from the ceiling.