Burcot, Oxfordshire

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River Thames at Burcot
Burcot is located in Oxfordshire
 Burcot shown within Oxfordshire
OS grid reference SU564960
Civil parish Clifton Hampden
District South Oxfordshire
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district OX14
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Henley
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Coordinates: 51°39′36″N 1°11′10″W / 51.660°N 1.186°W / 51.660; -1.186

Burcot is a village in Oxfordshire, England on the left bank of the River Thames, in the civil parish of Clifton Hampden.[1] Until 1932 the village was in the civil parish of Dorchester.[2]

Burcot lies on the main road from Dorchester to Abingdon, now the A415. Burcot has a pub, The Chequers, but no shops. The small village school, now a private house, closed long ago.

In the 17th century Burcot was an important transhipment point on the Thames. Because the river had become almost unnavigable between Oxford and Burcot, goods destined for Oxford had to be unloaded from barges at Burcot and carried by wagons to Oxford. This led in 1605 to the formation of the Oxford-Burcot Commission to improve the navigation.[2]

The poet laureate John Masefield lived at Burcote Brook from 1932 until his death in 1967. Shortly afterwards the house burnt down and was replaced by a Cheshire Home.[3]


  1. ^ "Parishes - Clifton Hampden | British History Online". British-history.ac.uk. 2003-06-22. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Parishes - Burcot | British History Online". British-history.ac.uk. 1950-05-03. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  3. ^ Christopher Winn: I Never Knew That about the River Thames (London: Ebury Press, 2010), p. 65.