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The story of Ting Tang Lane is best illustrated in three documents kindly provided by Les Goble

Mr Goble describes Ting Tang Lane as 8m wide, is still regularly used by ramblers and dog walkers albeit the first 420m can become very muddy due to agricultural vehicles gaining access to the fields eastwards. Once past this, the path is full of the wonders of nature with spectacular views westwards across the rising hills that form the start of the Cotswolds all of which creates an environment which is beneficial for the wellbeing of our community. The Cotswold Stone walls still exist each side of the lane although the first 420m on the east side has virtually disappeared. However, the base is still visible.

83. Referring to the naming of Ting Tang Lane, he considers two local theories; the first is that it came from the sound of the bells around the necks of sheep that were being taken to Abingdon market, and the second, and far more likely, is that it was the ‘ting tang’ sound made by the single bell mounted in the centre of St Britius’s Church roof ridge which was used to call the community to communion. This bell, once cast, was carried by boat up the river to Worsham and then overland by track to the church. This track became known as ‘Ting Tang Lane’.

A fully documented history is provided in the document referred to below.

The first is a draft application undated which provides the status and background to Ting Tang Lane.  See the pdf file here

The second is an order designating Ting Tang Plane as an official byway.  The document dated November 2019 can be found here

The third item is a map






Phil Holmes  Updated on Tuesday 17 June 2016