West Hanney - Butter Cross

The Butter Cross in West Hanney.


East Hanney - Village Green

A view of The Green in East Hanney.

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St James the Great

St James the Great Church in Church Street West Hanney.

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Church Street West Hanney

A view of Church Street in West Hanney, you can see The Plough village inn on the left hand side.


This is the village website for East and West Hanney. It is a community website built on a voluntary basis and has been running since 2004.

East and West Hanney are often referred to as ┬┤The Hanneys┬┤ in part due to their very close proximity; a field separates the two villages. The villages were built in pre Norman times on a gravel bed in the Vale of the White Horse. The Church in West Hanney, St James the Great, dates back to approximately 1160. Letcombe brook runs through the villages. This used to provide power to the now sadly disused mills, the last of which closed around 1920.

One of The Hanneys' claims to fame is to have been the home of the oldest ever recorded English woman, Elizabeth Bowles, who died in 1718 aged 124. The church displays a plaque to this remarkable woman near the front on the north wall.

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Latest news

    Hanney News In Print

    Hanney News in print is circulated around The Hanneys monthly. To submit an item to Hanney News, please send it to the Editor, preferably by email hanneynews@gmail.com or via the box in the Hanney Shop by the 15th of the month at the latest for inclusion in the following issue.

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.