The Fox public house
Tiddington shown within Oxfordshire
|Population||683 (parish, with Albury) (2011 Census)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
Tiddington is a village in the civil parish of Tiddington-with-Albury, about 3 1⁄2 miles (5.6 km) west of Thame in Oxfordshire, England. It is on the A418 road between Thame and Oxford. The 2011 Census recorded Tiddington-with-Albury's population as 683.
Tiddington is on the county boundary with Buckinghamshire. It was a manor and hamlet of the parish of Albury, although for most of its history it has been a larger place than Albury. In 1866 Tiddington became a separate civil parish, but in 1932 the two parishes were reunited.
It was recorded in 1786 that in 1737 Lady Mary Bertie, widow of the 2nd Earl of Abingdon had bequeathed £100 for a school in the parish of Albury. This was invested and used to support a schoolteacher, sometimes in Albury and other times in Tiddington. By 1819 the school taught 12 boys funded by Lady Bertie's charity plus other pupils whose families paid fees. There are no records of girl pupils being admitted until 1846.
In 1870 the school became a National School, and in 1874 its new school building opened with one classroom, which had capacity for 44 pupils. It had about 30 pupils until 1926, when it was reorganised as a junior school and senior pupils were transferred to the school at Great Haseley. In the 1950s it was still open as Tiddington with Albury Church of England Primary School, but it has since closed.
Between 1867 and 1963 the village was served by Tiddington railway station on the Wycombe Railway between Oxford and Maidenhead. The village is now served by bus route 280 of Arriva Shires & Essex, which runs frequently between Oxford and Aylesbury.
The village has a public house, The Fox. For a few years it was a bar and restaurant called the Moti Mahal, which is Urdu for "Pearl Palace". It has now been converted back into a pub, and reopened in November 2014 as The Fox and Goat.
Since 1952 an annual tug of war with the neighbouring Buckinghamshire parish of Ickford has been held each summer across the River Thame, which here forms the boundary between both the two parishes and the two counties.
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- Lobel 1957, pp. 8–14.
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- The Fox and Goat
- "Your Nearest WI". Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
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- Lobel, Mary D, ed. (1957). A History of the County of Oxford. Victoria County History. 5: Bullingdon Hundred. London: Oxford University Press for the Institute of Historical Research. pp. 8–14.
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