Leafield shown within Oxfordshire
|Population||883 (2001 census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Leafield Village Home Page|
The parish is within the former limits of the Wychwood forest. The area of forest south of Langley was cleared in 1857–58, leaving straight, regular field boundaries typical of the 18th and 19th century enclosures.
The village has the remains of a medieval preaching cross. The steps and lower part of its base are old. A new Gothic Revival shaft and top were added in 1873 as a thanksgiving for the village escaping a smallpox epidemic.
Leafield was a dependent chapelry of the ecclesiastical parish of Shipton-under-Wychwood until the 19th century. Leafield's Church of England parish church of Saint Michael and All Angels was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott, built in 1859 and consecrated in 1860. The bell tower was completed in 1874 and has a ring of six bells, all cast that year by John Taylor & Co of Loughborough. St. Michael's is now a member of the Forest Edge Benefice.
Leafield Church of England Primary School opened in 1839. It was expanded by the building of additional classrooms in 1871, 1897 and 1904. The 1871 classroom was designed by the architect C.C. Rolfe. Leafield's school district was expanded in 1873 to include Asthall, Langley and Wychwood. Leafield C of E School resisted Oxfordshire County Council's attempts to reorganise it as a junior school until after the Second World War. The school's catchment area was expanded in 1986 to include Ascott-under-Wychwood.
Leafield Technical Centre
A large radio transmission station was sited at Langley from 1912 until 1986. British Telecom redeveloped the site as a training college, but then closed the site in 1993. It was then used by Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) as a motorsport development centre for the Arrows Formula One team, until the team's demise in the 2002 season. From the 2006 season until the 2008 season Leafield Technical Centre was the headquarters of the now-defunct Super Aguri F1 team.
Leafield has two public houses: The Fox and The Pearl. The Fox is currently closed although the new owners plan to re-open it soon. The Pearl (formerly the Spindleberry) now operates as a Chinese restaurant, takeaway and bar.
The Wychwood Way, a 37 miles (60 km) circular walking trail, passes through Leafield Lower End.
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