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The Shepherds Hall as it appears today

The area around Freeland, which once formed part of the Abbey of Eynsham, has traditions of sheep rearing going back to the 13th Century.

On this site was developed a “Swains Croft” - a place of shelter providing for all the needs of the shepherds and possibly drovers as well—it became known as the “Shepherds All”.

Perhaps in the belief that they were correcting a rural mispronunciation, someone altered the name to “Shepherds Hall” and so it remains, the only evidence of the area’s links with the wool trade