St. John the Baptist parish church
Kingston Bagpuize shown within Oxfordshire
|Population||1,955 (parish, with Southmoor) (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Civil parish||Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor|
|District||Vale of White Horse|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|UK Parliament||Wantage (UK Parliament constituency)|
|Website||Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor|
Kingston Bagpuize / / is a village in the civil parish of Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, about 6 miles (10 km) west of Abingdon. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire.
The village is next to the junction of the A420 (Oxford – Swindon) and A415 (Abingdon – Witney) main roads. It is contiguous with Southmoor village to the west and about 1 mile (1.6 km) southeast of Longworth village.
The toponym Kingston Bagpuize is derived from the village's original name Kingston plus the surname of Ralph de Bachepuz, a Norman nobleman from Bacquepuis in Normandy who aided William of Normandy in the Norman conquest of England in 1066.
Kingston Bagpuize House seems to have been built in about 1720. In the 20th century it was the home of John Buchan, 2nd Baron Tweedsmuir, the son of the novelist John Buchan, 1st Baron Tweedsmuir.
In the Second World War there was a satellite airfield of RAF Abingdon east of the village. Remnants of the control tower are still visible near the cricket club. The lower part of the avenue of trees leading down from Kingston Bagpuize House were cut down during this time for aircraft safety.
The ancient parish of Kingston Bagpuize was a strip parish, extending from the River Thames in the north in a thin strip to the River Ock in the south. It became a civil parish in 1866. In 1971 it was merged with the civil parish of Draycot Moor to form the parish of Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor.
Kingston Bagpuize Cricket Club plays in The Oxford Times Cherwell Cricket League. Kingston Bagpuize and Southmoor have a bowls club and a Women's Institute. Kingston Bagpuize has an Amateur theatre group.
- "Area: Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
- Muir, Jill; Muir, Barry (2001–11). "A Snippet of Village History". Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor a village snapshot. Retrieved 5 April 2012.
- Pevsner 1966, p. 160.
- Kingston Bagpuize House
- Vision of Britain website
- Kingston Bagpuize Cricket Club
- The Oxford Times Cherwell Cricket League: Kingston Bagpuize Cricket Club
- Kingston Bagpuize and Southmoor Bowls Club
- Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Women's Institute
- Kingston Bagpuize Drama Group
- "British comedy funded by village residents to show at Cannes". The Daily Telegraph. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2012.
- "Distributors queue up to see small film made by an English village". The Times. 13 May 2011.
Sources and further reading
- Page, W.H.; Ditchfield, P.H., eds. (1924). A History of the County of Berkshire, Volume 4. Victoria County History. pp. 349–353.
- Pevsner, Nikolaus (1966). Berkshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 160.
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