English: Benson is a village and civil parish in Oxfordshire, with a present population of about 4,500. north of Wallingford at the foot of the Chiltern Hills (close to the Ridgeway, just outside the Chilterns area of outstanding natural beauty) at the confluence of a chalk stream (Ewelme Brook) and the River Thames, next to Benson lock. Because it lies on the northern (eastern) bank of the Thames, Benson has always been in Oxfordshire, unlike nearby Wallingford and Abingdon, Oxfordshire, which were part of Berkshire until the 20th Century. The village is on river silts and gravel, just above the surrounding marshy land that gives nearby settlements of Preston Crowmarsh and Crowmarsh Gifford their names. The fertile land which surrounds the village meant that farming was the main source of employment until the 20th Century.
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