Launton shown within Oxfordshire
|Population||1,117 (2001 census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Launton Village Website|
King Edward the Confessor gave the manor of Launton to Westminster Abbey in 1065. The abbey surrendered the manor to the Crown when it was suppressed in the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1540, but in 1542 the Crown granted Launton to the abbey's Dean and Chapter. Mary I restored the Roman Catholic church in England so in 1556 Launton was surrendered to the Crown, who restored it to the reinstated abbott and convent of Westminster. Elizabeth I restored the English Reformation so in 1560 Launton was surrendered to the Crown for a third time, who again granted it to the Dean and Chapter. In 1649 the Commonwealth of England assigned Launton to Westminster School. In 1860 the lands of the Dean and Chapter of Westminster were vested in the Ecclesiastical Commissioners.
The Church of England parish church of the Assumption of the Blesséd Virgin Mary was built in the 12th century and enlarged in the 13th century. The bell tower has a ring of six bells, all cast by Gillett & Johnston of Croydon in 1907. The church has also a Sanctus bell dating from 1352. The ecclesiastical parish is now part of the Benefice of Bicester, Bucknell, Caversfield and Launton.
Bethel chapel was built in 1850 and later became a Congregational church.
The Varsity Line between Bletchley and Oxford via Bicester Town was built through Launton parish and opened in 1851. Launton railway station served the village until the end of 1967, when British Railways withdrew passenger services between Bletchley and Oxford.
Arriva the Shires routes give Launton services to Bicester and Steeple Claydon (routes 16 and 18), Aylesbury (route 16 only) and Buckingham (route 18 only). Routes 16 and 18 run only a few times each day, Mondays to Saturdays only and give no late evening or Sunday service.
Sport and leisure
- "Area: Launton CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
- Lobel, 1959, pages 232–243
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, pp. 681–682.
- Oxford Diocesan Guild of Church Bell Ringers, Bicester Branch
- Davies, Peter (17 December 2006). "Launton Assumption of the BVM". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
- Benefice of Bicester with Bucknell Caversfield and Launton
- Launton CE Primary School
- "Launton Sports and Social Club". Launton Village Website. 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- "Launton Village Players". Launton Village Website. 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- "Woods on your Doorstep". Projects. The Woodland Trust. 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010.
- Stagecoach webpage for route S5
- Arriva the Shires routes 16 & 17
- Arriva the Shires route 18
- Lobel, Mary D, ed. (1959). A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 6. Victoria County History. pp. 232–243.
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 681–682. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
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