Ipsden is a small village in the open countryside of the western Chiltern Hills. It is a straggly village with a few isolated groups of period houses and cottages and a small 20th century estate. Most of the older part of the village is in a small valley and the nucleus of the village is probably around the village store in The Street.

The medieval village church, the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, is about a quarter of a mile to the north of the village in Church Lane. It is thought to have originally been an upland chapel for the adjoining parish of North Stoke and was enlarged and repaired in the 12th century using stone from an earlier church that stood in a field opposite the Old Vicarage. For the history and full information about the Church of St. Mary the Virgin click here.

Outside the church is a well that was presented to the community in 1865 by Rajah Sir Deonarayun Singh, K.C.S.I., who followed the example of the Maharajah of Benares who presented a well to the nearby village of Stoke Row.

Ipsden is roughly half way between Reading and Oxford and lies to the east of the A4074.


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