Historically the Farmoor area was called the tything of Stroud. Farmoor Common was an open field within the tything. It is now submerged under the reservoir. The village was developed in the early decades of the 20th century and took its name from the Common.
Farmoor is part of the parish of Cumnor, and until the 20th century parishioners worshipped 2 miles (3.2 km) away at the Church of England parish church of Saint Michael, Cumnor. There is now the church of Saint Mary, Farmoor that was built as a chapel of ease.
Farmoor Reservoir was built in 1967 and extended in 1976. It has a number of wetland nature areas.
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- "Farmoor St Mary, Farmoor". A Church Near You. The Church of England. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
- Brian Curtis. "Farmoor St Mary". Oxfordshire Churches & Chapels. Brian Curtis. Retrieved 30 May 2010.
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