Snippets from the village

  • The village name comes from the Saxon “Higna Tun”
  • In the Doomsday Book it is Hintone
  • In 1285 it is Hynton Juxta Brakele
  • Hinton in the Hedges comes into use in 18th century following the Enclsoures
  • There was a wheelwrights to the rear of Brook Farm which burnt down
  • There was also a blacksmiths at Brook Farm which was an offshoot of the one at Charlton
  • The 1870 census refers to a mill and the miller’s name was George Cherry
  • The Cherry’s also ran the pub
  • There was a duck pond in Duck End
  • Several houses had their own water supply fed by springs near Duck End and pumped up to tanks
  • The village had 2 water pumps
  • Mains water and sewage didn’t come until the 1950’s
  • The church had electricity in 1938 but some houses didn’t get it until the 50’s
  • There were 5 farms in the village
  • The Cabin (see maps) was a 2 storey farmhouse and barn which has now been demolished
  • There were 2 tunnels going from the church to the pub and to the Manor. These were said to be part of some Civil War defences
  • A spur dating from around 1630 was found in a village garden
  • There are at least 2 local Roman settlements
  • If you needed the doctor in the 1920/30’s he rode out from Brackley on a horse or a motorbike
  • There were 2 shops in the village one of which was the Post Office
  • The village school celebrated May Day with dancing around the May Pole
  • Children went to the village school until 11 and then into Brackley
  • The average number of children varied between 20 and 40
  • Garlands of flowers were taken to every house in the village with the children singing May Day songs
  • The tree on the village green was planted around 1900 and originally had an iron fence around it
  • The Rectory and Manor Farm were taken over by the RAF in WW2 and the school became a cook house
  • Hinton Feast was held annually with the Brackley Town and Brackley Borough Bands playing. There was also a fair in the field at the back of the school
  • A Roadman would come through every Friday to sweep the roads and keep the ditches clear
  • The vicar’s wife in the 1920’s ran a Clothing Club which paid out in October each year so that people could go into Brackley to clothe people through the winter
  • People also joined the Radcliffe Hospital and Ambulance Fund. For a halfpenny a week you could become a member and call on their services
  • A barn was converted into a village hall where dances were held.
  • No beer was served just tea and cakes although they could go on until 2 am unless it was a Saturday night when they had to end at 11.45pm
  • Choir practice in the church was on a Thursday evening
  • The was a bonfire on the village green on 5th November
  • C1925 the village hall was created from an old barn
  • A working men’s club was formed where the men and older boys would spend winter’s evenings playing cards or reading
  • Dances would be held there with the piano borrowed from the school
  • The village shop and Post Office sold groceries, cigarettes, tobacco, paraffin and even firewood

Kelly's Directory 1898