Village History

There has been a settlement on Steventon’s current site for over a thousand years.

The Domesday book, the national survey of 1086 commissioned by King William I, lists Steventon as being a settlement of up to 300 inhabitants covering approximately 2400 acres – almost exactly the same area of the current village.

Steventon Priory was founded early in the 12th century in the reign of Henry I. It was an alien priory, controlled by the Benedictine Bec Abbey in Normandy. In the 14th century alien priories became unpopular with the Crown, and in the reign of Edward III the abbey was allowed to sell Steventon Priory to an English squire, Sir Hugh Calveley.

There are two publications giving more history of the village: The Story of Steventon and Steventon Life the proceeds go to the Church of St. Michael and all Angels in Steventon.

There is also a thriving history of Steventon group click here to visit their website.

Information about the Steventon War Memorial and those commemorated click here