Middle Aston

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Coordinates: 51°56′20″N 1°18′36″W / 51.939°N 01.310°W / 51.939; -01.310

Middle Aston
Middle Aston is located in Oxfordshire
Middle Aston
Middle Aston
 Middle Aston shown within Oxfordshire
Population 222 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SP4727
Civil parish Middle Aston
District Cherwell
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Bicester
Postcode district OX25
Dialling code 01869
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Banbury
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Middle Aston is a hamlet and civil parish about 7 miles (11 km) northwest of Bicester. It used to have a country house, Middle Aston House, but this was demolished early in the 19th century.[2] The house was replaced in the 1890s by extending the manor farmhouse.[3] The building is now a conference center.

History[edit]

Middle Ages[edit]

At the time of the Domesday survey of 1086 Middle Aston was split into four estates:[4]

  1. Goisbert held one hide under Robert de Stafford.
  2. Gislebert held two hides and five eighths under Robert de Stafford.
  3. Saric held one hide and a quarter under the King by sergeanty.
  4. Hugh held one hide and an eighth in Hidrecote or Nidrecote under the Bishop of Bayeaux.

The two holdings held under Robert de Stafford were at some stage before the end of the 12th Century united to form the Middle Aston manor, which by 1279 also included the holding of Saric. The manor passed into the Brimpton family, from Brimpton in Berkshire who owned the village from the early 13th to late 14th centuries. They never lived in the parish, and a manor house was never attached to the estate.[5] The village was the largest of the three Astons during this period. During the fifteenth century Middle Aston was owned by first the Stokes family and then the Dyneley family.[6]

Nethercote[edit]

During the middle ages there was a small hamlet called Nethercote in what is now the parish of Middle Aston. After the Domesday survey it was held as a separate estate. In 1257 it was conveyed by Thomas Buffyn to Chetwode Priory. The hamlet was abandoned during the time of the Black Death. The remaining farm, which was known as the Nethercote Grange, remained in the ownership of the church until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1536. It originally passed to the Fermors of Somerton, but by the early 17th century had become part of the Middle Aston manor.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area selected: Cherwell (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 January 2011. 
  2. ^ Crossley, Alan (ed.); Baggs, A.P.; Colvin, Christina; Colvin, H.M.; Cooper, Janet; Day, C.J.; Selwyn, Nesta; Tomkinson, A. (1983). A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 11: Wootton Hundred (northern part). Victoria County History. pp. 21–44. 
  3. ^ Crossley, Alan (ed.); Baggs, A.P.; Colvin, Christina; Colvin, H.M.; Cooper, Janet; Day, C.J.; Selwyn, Nesta; Tomkinson, A. (1983). A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 11: Wootton Hundred (northern part). Victoria County History. pp. 21–44. 
  4. ^ Brookes 1929, p. 171
  5. ^ Crossley, Alan (ed.); Baggs, A.P.; Colvin, Christina; Colvin, H.M.; Cooper, Janet; Day, C.J.; Selwyn, Nesta; Tomkinson, A. (1983). A History of the County of Oxford, Volume 11: Wootton Hundred (northern part). Victoria County History. pp. 21–44. 
  6. ^ Brookes 1929, p. 190

Further reading[edit]

  • Brookes, Rev. C.C. (1929). A History of Steeple Aston and North Aston. Shipston-on-Stour: King's Stone Press. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Middle Aston at Wikimedia Commons