All Saints' parish church
Middleton Stoney shown within Oxfordshire
|Population||312 (2001 census)|
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|Civil parish||Middleton Stoney|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
The earliest parts of the Church of England parish church of All Saints are Norman, dating from the middle of the 12th century. The bell tower has a ring of six bells, all cast in 1717 by Henry III Bagley of Chacombe. Mears and Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry recast the tenor and treble bells in 1883 and the fifth bell in 1885.
The parish's common lands were enclosed at the end of the 17th century. In 1824–25 George Child Villiers, 5th Earl of Jersey demolished the original village and manor house to make way for him to expand Middleton Park eastwards. The castle mound and All Saints' church remain isolated within the extended park. His wife Sarah Villiers, Countess of Jersey directed the building of new cottages on the edge of the park, each with a rustic porch and a flower garden. These form the nucleus of the current village.
The current village is at the crossroads of two main roads. The north-south road used to be the main road between Oxford and Brackley. In the 1920s it was classified as the A43. In the 1990s the M40 motorway was completed and the stretch of the A43 through Middleton Stoney was reclassified B430. The east-west road is the main road between Bicester and Enstone. In 1797 an Act of Parliament made this road into a turnpike. It was disturnpiked in the 19th century and in the 20th it was classified B4030.
- "Area: Middleton Stoney CP (Parish): Parish Headcounts". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 8 March 2010.
- Lobel 1959, pp. 243–251.
- Oxfordshire Churches website: Middleton Stoney
- Pevsner & Sherwood 1974, pp. 701–702.
- Davies, Peter (14 December 2006). "Middleton Stoney All Saints". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
- Archbishops' Council. "Benefice of Akeman". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
- Pevsner & Sherwood 1974, pp. 702–703.
- Rowley 1978, p. 137.
- Pevsner & Sherwood 1974, p. 703.
- Best Western Jersey Arms Hotel
- Rigoletto Ristorante Italiano
Sources and further reading
- Blomfield, James Charles (1888). History of Middleton and Somerton. London.
- Lobel, Mary D, ed. (1959). A History of the County of Oxford: Volume 6. Victoria County History. pp. 243–251.
- Rowley, Trevor (1978). Villages in the Landscape. Archaeology in the Field Series. London: J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. p. 137. ISBN 0-460-04166-5.
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 701–704. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
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