Wootton, Vale of White Horse

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Wootton
Wootton StPeter South.jpg
St Peter's parish church
Wootton is located in Oxfordshire
Wootton
Wootton
 Wootton shown within Oxfordshire
Population 2,709 (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SP4701
Civil parish Wootton
District Vale of White Horse
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district OX1
Dialling code 01865
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Oxford West and Abingdon
Website Wootton and Dry Sandford
List of places
UK
England
Oxfordshire

Coordinates: 51°42′25″N 1°18′47″W / 51.707°N 1.313°W / 51.707; -1.313

Wootton is a village and civil parish in the Vale of White Horse about 3 miles (5 km) north-west of Abingdon. It was part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire. The parish of Wootton includes the hamlets of Henwood and Lamborough Hill and the western part of Boars Hill. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 2,709.[1]

History[edit]

The Church of England parish church of Saint Peter was built in the 14th century,[2] from which time the Decorated Gothic east window of the chancel survives.[3] In the 15th century the nave was rebuilt with Perpendicular Gothic windows.[3] The south door and porch are 16th century and the chancel arch may have been rebuilt in the 18th century.[2]

Until the 19th century Wootton was part of the parish of Cumnor.[2] The first vicar of Wootton was appointed in 1885. Wootton was united in a single benefice with St. Helen's, Dry Sandford in 2000.[4]

The sculptor Oscar Nemon (1906–85) and his son Falcon Stuart (1941–2002) are buried in St Peter's churchyard.

Amenities[edit]

The village has a Church of England primary school.[5]

The village has a recently-refurbished business park[6] and two new housing estates. There are a few shops in Wootton, including two convenience stores, a pharmacy, and a chip shop. There is also a dentist, general medical practice, a hairdresser, a bathroom shop, a carpet shop and Sign-a-Rama. Wootton's social amenities include the Bystander public house, a Royal British Legion club, and a community centre where various activities take place, such as local school fêtes and a local bingo.

The post office used to be next to the fish and chip shop but closed in September 2008.[citation needed] Now the post office is inside the Co-Operative store.

Sport[edit]

Wootton and Dry Sandford Football Club is based in the village.[7] It was founded in 1946 and currently plays in Division 1 of the North Berks Football League.[8] It is the current holder of the North Berks Cup.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

The graves of Oscar Nemon (left) and his son Falcon Stuart (right) in St Peter's parish churchyard
  1. ^ "Area: Wootton (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Page & Ditchfield 1924, pp. 398–405.
  3. ^ a b Pevsner 1966, p. 313.
  4. ^ "The Parish Churches of The Villages of Wootton and Dry Sandford, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK". Wootton and Dry Sandford. The Benefice of Wootton and Dry Sandford. Retrieved 20 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Wootton School
  6. ^ "Wootton Business Park". Oxfordshire. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Wootton and Dry Sandford FC
  8. ^ North Berks Football League

Sources[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Wootton, Vale of White Horse at Wikimedia Commons