Eaton Hastings lies near the River Thames, about 3 miles north-west of Faringdon on a turning off the road to Lechlade. It was once a medieval village larger than it is today. The 2001 Census recorded the parish’s population as just 81. The name derives from the OE/Anglo-Saxon ‘Eatun’ which referred to a farm or village ‘tūn‘ on a river or island ‘ēa‘ and probably named after the Hastinges family who owned it in the 12th century. The family may have been descendants of ‘Hastingas‘ a Norse-Viking tribe that once settled in England. Today, the village is part of the Buscot and Coleshill Estate, which now belongs to the National Trust.
1915. The village of Eaton Hastings was originally by the river but became a deserted medieval village. These houses, known as New Buildings, were built by the first Lord Faringdon when he bought the estate in the 1880s. The photograph shows the village shop and Post Office with Miss Apse the postmistress outside, and the village children on both sides of the road. The land was low lying and liable to flood and this is why the pavement was high to act as a causeway; it was known by that name for many years.
The Anchor Inn about 1970. This was a remote pub by the River Thames crossing. Unfortunately, in a tragic accident, it was burnt down and the landlord and his partner died. The fire was caused by the dog’s tail waving in front of the gas heater.
Photos and text scanned directly from The Changing Faces of Faringdon and Surrounding Villages – Book 1 p107 by Rosemary Church, Jim Brown, Millie Bryan and Beryl Newman. Robert Boyd Publications 1999 – now out of print.