St. James' parish church, built in 1872
Ramsden shown within Oxfordshire
|Population||328 (2001 census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Post town||Chipping Norton|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Ramsden - Oxfordshire|
In the western part of the parish, about 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the village and just off the road to Leafield, is a bowl barrow. It is about 22 metres (72 ft) wide and 0.5 metres (1 ft 8 in) high, and is surrounded by the remains of a ditch that would originally have been about 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) wide. The barrow is either Bronze Age or late Neolithic, and therefore dating from between 2400 and 1500 BC. It is a scheduled monument.
The site of a Roman villa or bath house has been found at Brize Lodge Farm, west of the village and just west of the bowl barrow. Artefacts recovered include a bronze figurine of a dove-like bird.
Chapels and church
In 1872 the Anglican chapel was replaced by the present Church of England parish church of Saint James. It was designed by the Gothic Revival architect Arthur Blomfield in an Early English Gothic style. Its bell tower has a broach spire and a set of three bells.
Ramsden is a linear village, lying east-west along an old road that intersects Akeman Street.
Wychwood Lodge in the High Street was built late in the 16th century and had been extended by the middle of the 17th. It is built of coursed Cotswold stone rubble with ashlar dressings and has a Stonesfield slate roof. The front doorway and the main ground floor fireplace are Tudor. The house is a Grade II* listed building.
Trades in Ramsden included a forge and attached cottage that were built in the middle of the 18th century. The forge is no longer trading and has been converted into part of the attached cottage.
The Memorial Hall is Ramsden's village hall. It is converted from a former barn in the High Street and commemorates the men of the parish who died in the First and Second World Wars. There is also a war memorial in the form of a stone obelisk in the centre of the village in front of the Royal Oak.
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- Welcome to the Royal Oak at Ramsden
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Gothic Revival altarpiece of St James' parish church
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