St. Laurence' parish church
Combe shown within Oxfordshire
|Population||759 (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Combe Parish Council|
Church and chapel
The Church of England parish church of St. Laurence was built in 1395 for Eynsham Abbey. Its interior has several 15th century wall paintings, including a Doom over the chancel arch. St. Laurence's is a Grade I listed building.
St. Laurence's bell tower had a ring of five bells, which ranged in date from 1621 to 1629. It had also an historic clock which may also have been early 17th century. In 1918 a fire damaged the tower, the bells and the clock. The remains of the clock were salvaged, restored and installed in the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford. John Taylor & Co of Loughborough recast the damaged bells as a ring of six in 1924. John Smith and Sons of Derby supplied a new clock in 1948.
Combe has also a Methodist chapel.
Combe House was built in the 16th century and extended in about 1800. It used to be the vicarage.
The Duke of Marlborough's Blenheim estate adjoins the village. The estate's former sawmill, Combe Mill, is now a working museum. It has alternative power sources: a breastshot water wheel that used to be powered by the River Evenlode, and a steam powered rotative beam engine that was added in 1852.
Combe has a public house, the Cock Inn, that was built late in the 17th or early in the 18th century. It is controlled by Greene King Brewery. It is beside the village green, which is the setting for four of Combe's seasonal festivals: a children's Maypole dance, a Summer Ball, a fun fair in the autumn and a firework display on Guy Fawkes Night.
- "Area: Combe CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2010.
- "Church of St Lawrence". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, pp. 551–552.
- Beeson & Simcock 1989, p. 36.
- Davies, Peter (12 December 2006). "Combe S Laurence". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 25 March 2012.
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, pp. 552–553.
- Combe Mill
- Combe Mill water wheel
- Combe Mill beam engine
- "The Cock Inn, The Green". National Heritage List for England. English Heritage. Retrieved 20 August 2012.
- The Cock Inn
- Combe Church of England Primary School
- Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes
Sources and further reading
- Beeson, C.F.C. (1989) . Simcock, A.V., ed. Clockmaking in Oxfordshire 1400–1850 (3rd ed.). Oxford: Museum of the History of Science. pp. 35–36. ISBN 0-903364-06-9.
- Crossley, Alan; Elrington, C.R. (eds.); Baggs, A.P.; Blair, W.J.; Chance, Eleanor; Colvin, Christina; Cooper, Janet; Day, C.J.; Selwyn, Nesta; Townley, Simon C. (1990). A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 12: Wootton Hundred (South) including Woodstock. Victoria County History. pp. 75–98. ISBN 0-19-722774-0.
- Emden, C.E. (1970). Combe Church and Village.
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 551–553. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.