Buscot

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Coordinates: 51°40′37″N 1°40′01″W / 51.677°N 01.667°W / 51.677; -01.667

Buscot
St. Mary's Church, Buscot - geograph.org.uk - 341334.jpg
St Mary's parish church
Buscot is located in Oxfordshire
Buscot
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 Buscot shown within Oxfordshire
Population 176 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SU2397
Civil parish Buscot
District Vale of White Horse
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Faringdon
Postcode district SN7
Dialling code 01367
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Wantage
Website Buscot Parish Council
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Buscot is a village and civil parish on the River Thames about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) southeast of Lechlade. Buscot was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire.

Many of the properties are owned by the National Trust and are let to long-term residents, some of whom work the farms on the agricultural estates surrounding the village. There is a village hall, tea shop and adjacent car park, and a children's playground. Nearby Buscot Park houses the notable Faringdon Collection of paintings, Italian water garden, and walled vegetable garden and fruit orchards. A short walk from the end of the village leads past Buscot Weir field to Buscot Lock on the River Thames.

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of Saint Mary was built in about 1200.[2] The stained glass in the east window of the chancel was made by Edward Burne-Jones in 1891.[3]

The bell tower has a ring of four bells, the oldest of which was cast at Bristol in about 1399.[4] The treble bell was cast by Thomas Gefferies of Bristol[5] in about 1520.[4] A further bell was cast by William and Robert Cor of Aldbourne[5] in Wiltshire in 1708.[4] The ring was completed by the addition of the present tenor bell, cast by Mears & Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry[5] in 1891.[4] St. Mary's has also a service bell, cast by Edward Neale of Burford[5] in 1661.[4]

The Old Parsonage, built in 1701, was sold by the Church Commissioners to an American author, Peter Stucley, who in turn left it in his will to the National Trust in 1964. It still contains Stucley's collection of contemporary paintings acquired in the 1950s and 1960s.[6] The house is open by appointment.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area selected: Vale of White Horse (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Page & Ditchfield 1924, pp. 512–517.
  3. ^ Pevsner 1966, p. 108.
  4. ^ a b c d e Marchant, Andrew (26 May 2010). "Buscot S Mary". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d Dovemaster (31 October 2012). "Bell Founders". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 12 January 2011. 
  6. ^ Christopher Winn: I Never Knew That about the Thames (London: Ebury Press, 2010), p. 29.
  7. ^ BBC arts site. Retrieved 11 December 2013.

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