A small village lying on the northern side of the flood plain of the River Windrush. A few miles downstream Witney, Oxon, Stanton Harcourt is just downstream of Hardwick, Oxon (not to be confused with Hardwick House, which is on the thames near Pangbourne) and just upstream of Standlake, Oxon.
The family of the Poet Alexander POPE, were based in Binfield, Berks but the poet was close to the HARCOURT family of Stanton and a regular visitor there. He gave his name to Pope's Tower within the manor grounds. On the outside of the church is a memorial to two villagers struck by lightning [Crossley, et. al., 1990]
From the reign of James 1 (1566-1625) there is a chancery proceeding, undated in the index, in which the plaintiffs, Charles Chute and Thomas HATTON, bring a case against Alice WILLSON, widow, concerning Pinckley Grounds, parcel of the Manor of Stanton Harcourt [Chancery Proceedings, 1922, 1:n.p., Ref. C14.58]
A HATTON marriage at Stanton Harcourt may relate to Thomas HATTON of Widford, Oxon. (Marriage 1736, Thomas HATTON & Hannah LORD). During this period there is no other mention of HATTONs in the Stanton registers, however Thomas & Hannah may have moved to nearby Eynsham as Hannah is buried there, amongst a number of other LORD graves (see the Eynsham page for further details)..
In the Parish Registers of Northmoor, Oxon. there is an entry for the marriage on the 5 May 1793 of John TRINDER of Stanton Harcourt, Oxon. and Hannah HATTON (presumably of Northmoor). In the early eighteenth century the HATTON family of Widford, Gloucs. (later Oxon.), married into the Jordan family of Upton, Oxon., who were probably linked to the JORDAN family of Burford, Oxon., and Bourton on the Water, Gloucs., who in turn married into a catholic TRINDER family. A year earlier, on 16 Sep 1792 there is an entry for the marriage of James WEAKE and Hannah HATTON, presumably both of Northmoor. There is also a John TRINDER who married Elizabeth JUSTER on 1 Oct 1739 at St Mary's, Broughton, Oxon., whose daughter Eleanor TRINDER married John BASTON on 22 Nov 1774 at St Denys, Northmoor, Oxon. Their son John BASTON married Hannah ROOKE, a surname to which the JORDANs of Boughton on the Water, Gloucs., were linked. There were JUSTERs at Upton, Widford and Swinbrook, Oxon. and Broughton was another centre of papermaking.
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