Pusey, Oxfordshire

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Not to be confused with Pewsey.

Coordinates: 51°40′01″N 1°28′59″W / 51.667°N 1.483°W / 51.667; -1.483

Pusey
Pusey is located in Oxfordshire
Pusey
Pusey
 Pusey shown within Oxfordshire
Population 55 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SU3596
Civil parish Pusey
District Vale of White Horse
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SN7
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Wantage
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Pusey is a village and civil parish 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Faringdon in the Vale of White Horse district. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire. The village is just south of the A420 and the parish covers about 1,000 acres (400 ha).

Pusey seems to be a Saxon settlement. Its toponym is derived from the Old English pise ēg, meaning "pea island".[2] The Domesday Book of 1086 records the village as Pesei.

The Pusey family held the manor of Pusey from Saxon times. There is a tradition that it was granted to the family by Cnut the Great, by the delivery of a horn (an Anglo-Saxon form of land tenure known as "cornage"). The Pusey Horn is now in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.[3]

In 1753 the family built Pusey House (not to be confused with Pusey House, Oxford), where Edward Bouverie Pusey, English churchman and Regius Professor of Hebrew at Oxford, was born in 1800.

The Church of England parish church of All Saints was built in 1745–50 for J. A. Pusey.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area selected: Vale of White Horse (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Mills & Room, 2003, page not cited
  3. ^ Victoria and Albert Museum: The Pusey Horn
  4. ^ Pevsner, 1966, page 195

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