St. Mary the Virgin parish church
Shipton-under-Wychwood shown within Oxfordshire
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Shipton under Wychwood is a village and civil parish in the Evenlode valley about 4 miles (6.4 km) north of Burford, Oxfordshire. The village is one of several named after the ancient forest of Wychwood. The others are Milton-under-Wychwood immediately to the west of the village and Ascott-under-Wychwood about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) to the east.
About 2 miles (3 km) southeast of the village is the farmhouse of Langley, a largely mid-19th-century building. It is on the site of a royal hunting lodge that was built for Henry VII. Most of the Tudor monarchs stayed there when hunting in Wychwood Forest.
The de Langley family were hereditary keepers of Wychwood Forest, Oxon., which office carried with it the tenancy of the manor of Langley in Shipton-under-Wychwood parish. Their heir was Simon Verney (d. 1368) whose brother was William Verney of Byfield, Northants., father of Alice Verney, 1st. wife of John Danvers (d. 1449) of Calthorpe, MP for Oxfordshire 1420, 1421, 1423 and 1435. The de Langley family held the manor of Shipton, Oxfordshire, and Richard Lee in his Gleanings of Oxfordshire of 1574 states that these arms of "Gules, 2 bars or in chief 2 buck's heads cabossed of the 2nd" were then displayed in a stained glass window in St. Mary's parish church at Shipton with a tomb under it. The buck's heads seem to be a reference to the de Langley office of forester of Wychwood.
Shipton Court, the estate of the Lacey family, was built in about 1603.
The village has three historic public houses: the Shaven Crown Hotel, The Red Horse and the Lamb Inn. The Shaven Crown Hotel overlooking the village green was once a guest house run by the monks of Bruern Abbey. It is claimed to have had a licence since 1384[by whom?] but the present building is mainly 15th century. The Lamb Inn is 16th century and is controlled by Greene King Brewery.
Shipton-under-Wychwood Cricket Club 1st XI plays in The Home Counties Premier League, whilst the 2nd, 3rd and 4th XI play in The Oxford Times Cherwell League. The 1st XI won the National Village Knockout at Lords in 2002 and 2003, and were runners up in 1997 and 2010. They also were Oxfordshire Team of the Year in 2011 following their trip to Lords, winning the Cherwell League title, and winning both the premier Oxfordshire Twenty20 Competitions, all in the preceding twelve months. They are launching the first Ladies team in 2014, after several successful seasons running Girls' sides.
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- Shaven Crown Hotel
- English Country Inns webpage for The Lamb Inn
- Greene King website for the Lamb Inn
- Shipton-under-Wychwood Cricket Club
- Cherwell Cricket League
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