West Challow

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Coordinates: 51°35′31″N 1°28′19″W / 51.592°N 1.472°W / 51.592; -1.472

West Challow
West Challow is located in Oxfordshire
West Challow
West Challow
 West Challow shown within Oxfordshire
Population 184 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SU3688
Civil parish West Challow
District Vale of White Horse
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Wantage
Postcode district OX12
Dialling code 01235
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Wantage
List of places
UK
England
Oxfordshire

West Challow is a village and civil parish about 2 miles (3 km) west of the market town of Wantage in the Vale of White Horse. The village is on Childrey Brook, which is a tributary of the River Ock. West Challow was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred the Vale of White Horse to Oxfordshire.

Parish church[edit]

The Church of England parish church of Saint Laurence is part of the Benefice of Ridgeway, along with the parishes of Childrey, Kingston Lisle, Letcombe Bassett, Letcombe Regis and Sparsholt.[2]

Canal[edit]

The course of the former Wilts & Berks Canal passes through the parish, skirting the south side of the village. It was extended eastwards from Longcot to Challow in 1807[3] and was completed to the River Thames at Abingdon in 1810.[4] The Wilts & Berks carried small amounts of canal cargo through Challow until at least 1895–96.[5] Traffic on the canal had virtually ceased by 1901 and the route was formally abandoned in 1914. The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is currently restoring the canal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Area selected: Vale of White Horse (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Archbishops' Council (2010). "Benefice of Ridgeway". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Dalby, 2000, page 23
  4. ^ Dalby, 2000, page 24
  5. ^ Dalby, 2000, page 124

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