800 BC
410 AD - 1066
6th Century 6th Century 6th Century
73 AD - 410 AD
Late 12thc

Timeline of Hornton & Historic Events


The ancient parish, lying on the northwest border of Oxfordshire and
Warwickshire, is bounded by streams which eventually flow into the Sor Brook,
a tributary of the Cherwell. The upland parts lie on Middle Lias rocks. On the
NW boundary are extensive quarries of Hornton stone - British History Online


Bronze and Iron Age 800 BC

Early farming on good soil LINK;

Anglo-Saxon Hornton 410 AD - 1066

square-headed brooch

6th Century Saxon & Dane settlement in the area Anglo-Saxon treasure found on Church Glebe Land – grave tunnel dug into hillside LINK;

Roman Hornton 73 AD - 410 AD

Roman coins

c317 AD - Romano-British settlement in the area Discovery of hoard of Roman coins Roman hoard found at Wroxton Heath, possibly left by farmer or ironworker LINK;

Scatter of pottery found - Suggests there may have been an early settlement here

1066-87 William I of Normandy

The Domesday Book was commissioned in December 1085 by William the Conqueror, who invaded England in 1066. The first draft was completed in August 1086 and contained records for 13,418 settlements in the English counties south of the rivers Ribble and Tees (the border with Scotland at the time).

The original Domesday Book has survived over 900 years of English history and is currently housed in a specially made chest at The National Archives in Kew, London.

'Hornlie' - Hornton included only under the entry for Horley. 'Hornley' comprising 3 villages - Hornton, Horley & Upton. Hornelie: Ralph from Count of Mortain; monks of St. Peter's from Count of Mortain; Richard from Robert of Stafford; Ralph from Berengar de Tosny. 2 mills.


1087-1100 William II

1100-35 Henry I

1135-54 Stephen & Matilda

1154-89 Henry II

1189-99 Richard I

Village development - Name change

Known as ‘Hornigeton’, then ‘Hornington’
Hornton Conservation Report 2012

1199-1216 John


Village churches

St John the Baptist’s Church built Notable for its Norman pillars and font and unusual Doom painting

“Walking through Centuries” by JP Bowes

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