A guide to Pangbourne

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  • 1.
    The village was first recorded in 844 AD, during the Anglo Saxon period, and Pangbourne means 'Paega's Stream'.
  • 2.
    The famous seven Victorian houses overlooking the River Thames (known locally as the Seven Sisters or the Seven Deadly Sins) were built by the department store magnate DH Evans, a contemporary of Harry Selfridge.
  • 3.
    Kenneth Grahame, author of Wind in the Willows lived in Pangbourne, and the book's illustrator E. H. Shepard is said have based his drawings on the Thameside landscape.

Pangbourne Area

Situated on the River Thames, Pangbourne is known as one of the UK’s prettiest villages. Surrounded by the stunning scenery in the North Wessex Downs, and with direct access to London in just 45 minutes by train, it is understandable why this is such a desirable place to live. Popular amongst the locals, the water meadows are perfect for a picnic or a stroll.

Surrounding Villages

  • Stanford Dingley
    A picturesque village and civil parish in West Berkshire between Newbury and Pangbourne, home to the historical and well-known pubs 15th century Bull and 18th century Old Boot Inn. The refurbished historic village hall and village field offer opportunities to become part of the community through regularly held group events.
  • Upper Basildon
    The Thames-side civil parish of Basildon is in the Royal County of Berkshire, to the south you will find Pangbourne, with Streatley to the north. Upper Basildon is a small village in Basildon where there is a church built in 1964, dedicated to St Stephen, and the Basildon Church of England primary school sits on School Lane. The Red Lion is a rustic chic country pub, perfect for socialising.
  • Streatley
    On the River Thames in Berkshire, this village faces Goring-on-Thames where they share their shops, services, leisure and sports and much of their transport. Owing largely to the Ridgeway path which crosses the Thames at Goring and Streatley Bridge, it is no wonder this area has been classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
  • Goring-on-Thames
    Located on the River Thames in South Oxfordshire, Goring features the Goring Gap which is positioned within both The Chilterns and North Wessex Downs Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. In the small high street there are two churches, a few shops, pubs and restaurants, with a rail service between Oxford and London.