Peppard (known also just as 'Peppard') is situated
on an old overland pack route from Henley to Goring which can still be traced, partly on footpaths and partly
on modern roads. The pack route is thought to be the origin
of local pub names such as the Pack Horse and the Pack Saddle
which, although not in the village, are not far away.
the centre of the village is Peppard Common and the village
spreads out around two-and-a-bit sides of the common, with
the main road passing through the middle. All Saints' Church
is at the end of a residential lane leading from the common. There is
also a primary school in the centre of the village.
The village's unusual name comes from the ancient settlement
of Redrefeld, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book,
and the family name of Pipard or Pypard who, in the reign
of Edward I, held the manor at Wallingford. At that time
the area became known as Retheresfelde Pipard.
Around the village there is evidence of pits from which
chalk was excavated and excavations for flints, especially
at nearby Stony Bottom. Flints were used as a building
material throughout the Chilterns.
All Saints’ church is a pretty church with pink hydrangea
shrubs ling the path from the lych gate to the entrance
It has Norman origins and has three small 12th century
Another notable historic bulding is Blounts Court, a mainly
17th century mansion with a history going back to the
14th century. Blounts Court is famous for a tulip tree
planted there by King Charles I. Also the oldest Congregational
Chapel in Oxfordshire can be found in the village.
Some scenes from the popular television series Midsomer Murders have been filmed in Rotherfield Peppard and also at the nearby National Trust property, Greys Court.
Peppard is just north of Sonning
Common on the B481.