Website of Harwell Parish Council, Harwell Village

About our village

Aerial view of Harwell Village Harwell is a village in southern Oxfordshire. The A417 runs east-west (lower left of picture) and most of the village lies north of that road.

The Map Reference of the War Memorial, which is roughly in the centre of the village, is SU 491 892. The village is 260 feet above sea-level, although the sea is over 50 miles away.

We are about 60 miles north of the Isle of Wight, 60 miles west of London, 60 miles east of Bristol, and 60 miles south of Coventry.

Historically we have always been a Berkshire village, but since 1974 we have been part of Oxfordshire, and are on the east of the Vale of White Horse. We are roughly half way between Oxford (north) and Newbury (south), and between Reading (east) and Swindon (west), and we are at the northern edge of the Wessex Downs Area of Natural Beauty

We are close to the North South trunk road, the A34, and a few miles from Didcot (new shops), and the railway at Didcot Parkway station for trains to London Paddington, the west country, and the north via Oxford and Birmingham..

The boundaries of the Parish reach beyond the village, from the Harwell Science and Innovation Campus in the south, to the Milton Trading Estate in the north.

Find out more "Facts" about Harwell, including a weather forecast.


  • A former resident: Mimi Storr - her book.
    David Perry - 25 Oct 2013
    Mrs M S Storr lived in the village at "Le Carillon"

    She wrote a book entitled:-

    Once upon a time - = E´tait une fois
    Published by Allen and Unwin (1978)

    Mrs Storr herself told me she had written a book with this title, on one of my visits to service her RNIB talking book, circa 1980. (She was in her 90's.) I have often wondered if it had been published, and remembered that she had family connections with Unwin's. With help from Google, I now know that Unwin's printed 50 copies.

    She was a charming old lady, always gave me a glass of sherry and asked to be called "Mimi". In spite of being in England most of her life - I think from age 16 -she still had a French accent. She told me that she remembered Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.

    I would very much like to read her book.

    Can you help me please?

    David R Perry (I lived in Harwell early '70's. Worked at Rutherford Lab 1963-20010
  • Rutherford Lab
    Audrey Tutton - 3 Nov 2014
    We also lived in Harwell and I worked at the Lab as a scanner. My children went to Harwell and Didcot Schools. We loved it there but had to move in the 1980's We lived in School Lane. We have made many nostalgic trips back.
    Audrey Tutton
  • Rutherford Lab
    Audrey Tutton - 3 Nov 2014
    Third time of trying to get a message on here. Worked at the Lab in the 1970's/80's as a scanner and lived happily in School Lane Harwell. My children went to Harwell and Didcot Schools. Your name sounds familiar
    Audrey Tutton
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