Genealogy Notes for the Village of Duns Tew, Oxfordshire
A miscellany of pictures and data arising out of research into the KIRBY's family trees (but not all linked to them). This is a work in progress so please treat the data with appropriate caution. For related information see List, Place Index and Wills Index

Location and general description

Hill Farm Lane, Duns Tew Farmhouse, Duns Tew Cottages opposite the church    

Dun's Tew lies on the summit ridge of an E-W oriented elogated hill, at th ewestern end of with lies Great Tew, Oxon. The village retains a number of attractive original buildings but has considerable modern infil.


Church of St Mary Magdalene

St Mary's Church, Duns Tew John Gillam gravestone 

The churchyard contains several HATTON gravestones adjacent to two that relate to the CASTLE family. On the wall in the church in 2007 was a helful chart of grave plots and who was buried in them. On a visit in 2007 sereral monumental Inscriptions from Duns Tew were recorded.


The Duns Tew parish BMD register for 1696-1747 has apparantly been missing since 1820 and so this makes tracing Duns Tew families difficult during that period.

The CASTLE family

Both James CASTLE (abt 1818-1884), which notes that he was parish clerk for over 50 years, and his son's wife Mrs Mary Jane CASTLE (nee DAVIS, abt 1855-1892) have headstones near the church path.

 Gravestone of James Castle Davis gravestones

The HATTON family

The earliest evidence of  the HATTON surname is with John HATON who married Jean DEAN in 1673. However, the picture of the HATTON family is clearer from the middle of the 18thC when parish records are again available. By the 1851 Census many of the family were bakers or small scale farmers and one was a blacksmith. The prevelence of the name Edward in this family has suggested a link may exist with the papermaking HATTON's of Widford, Oxon, and therefore possibly with those of nearby Deddington, Oxon. However, no link has yet been found.

Related links

A selection of links to other sites with information about this place

None at present


Any transcripts and images on this page are Copyright R I Kirby 2005 unless stated otherwise.