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Welford is a tiny village on the River Lambourn north-west of Newbury just north of the M4 motorway. The village comprises no more than Welford Park, a 17th century manor house, the parish church and a couple of farms.

Welford Park is well known for its displays of snowdrops and the grounds are open for visitors to see the snowdrops on selected days in the early spring.


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The church is dedicated to St. Gregory and stands on the site of the original Saxon church. The Norman church was heavily restored in the mid-19th century and only the unusual Norman round tower and 13th century spire are original and even these were taken down stone by stone and carefully re-erected as they were previously thought to be unsafe. Inside the church are some beautiful carvings and a good collection of monuments. St. Gregory's is one of only two existing round-tower churches in Berkshire, the other being St. Mary's at nearby Great Shefford.

About three-quarters of a mile to the west of Welford is the hamlet of Weston which is where Welford's missing houses are! Scattered along the road at Weston are some twenty houses and cottages. These are also 2 farms and an 18th century former brick and weatherboarded cornmill.

About halfway between Welford and the nearby village of Wickham among a clearing in the trees is a War Memorial which commemorates those from both villages who died in the two World Wars.

About a mile north-east of Welford is RAF Welford. Opened in 1943, it was used during the Second World War by both the Royal Air Force and United States Army Air Forces. During the war it was used primarily as a transport airfield. After the war it was closed in 1946 and placed in reserve status. As a result of the Cold War, the station was reopened in 1955 as a munitions depot by the United States Air Force. Today it is one of the largest ammunition compounds for the United States Air Force in Western Europe for heavy munitions.

Welford is about 6.5 miles north-west of Newbury along the valley of the River Lambourn.

Images of Welford:
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Images of Weston:
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