Along the valley of the Pang lies Frilsham, a small West Berkshire parish surrounded by woods and meadows.
Looking west of the village across distant views of rolling countryside, is St Frideswide church, named after Princess Frideswide. The late 7th century legend of St. Frideswide says that the church stands on the site of a ruined temple used as a pig-sty. It was that pig-sty which provided cover for the princess as she fled from the unwanted attentions of a Mercian prince. St. Frideswide hid there for some time, sustained by a nearby well, which is preserved to this day in the wooded common.
As you approach the village from the east, through the tree lined Coach Hill, there is a clearing in the woods with a football pitch and a hall, “the club room”. Classes and social events are held regularly providing a focal point for the community.
Most Local amenities are provided at the neighbouring village of Yattendon and the market town of Newbury only 8 miles away, but for a picturesque rural pub with a notorious landlord, you need go no further than Frilsham’s Pot Kiln .