West Lockinge

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Coordinates: 51°35′10″N 1°23′56″W / 51.586°N 1.399°W / 51.586; -1.399

West Lockinge
West Lockinge is located in Oxfordshire
West Lockinge
West Lockinge
 West Lockinge shown within Oxfordshire
Population 179 (parish, including East Lockinge) (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SU4287
Civil parish Ardington and Lockinge
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
Website Ardington and Lockinge Parish Council
List of places

West Lockinge is a village in Ardington and Lockinge civil parish, about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) east of Wantage. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 local authority boundary changes transferred the Vale of White Horse to Oxfordshire.


The route of the ancient Icknield Way passes through the village.[citation needed]

One Siward Barn held the manor of East Lockinge before the Norman conquest of England.[2] After the conquest the manor was granted to the Norman soldier Henry de Ferrers,[2] who had fought for William of Normandy at the Battle of Hastings.

West Lockinge had a tithe barn for several centuries but no trace of it now survives.[2]

One cottage in the village is half-timbered and bears the date 1666.[2]

West Lockinge Farm has a Georgian farmhouse of five bays.[3] It is built of blue and red brick and has a hipped roof.[3] A record from 1770 of a "new erected messuage" at West Lockinge may refer to this house,[2] which has been enlarged by later alterations.[3] The farm is now run by Henrietta Knight and formely Terry Biddlecombe, trainers of the racing horse Best Mate.[4] Since 1958 there has been a Lockinge Stakes horse race at Newbury Racecourse.

An open field system of farming prevailed in West Lockinge parish until it was enclosed in 1808.[2]


  1. ^ "Area selected: Vale of White Horse (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 1 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Page & Ditchfield 1924, pp. 307–311.
  3. ^ a b c Pevsner 1966, p. 170.
  4. ^ West Lockinge Farm


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