Wroxton

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Wroxton
All Saints Church, Wroxton - geograph.org.uk - 1771681.jpg
All Saints' parish church
Wroxton is located in Oxfordshire
Wroxton
Wroxton
 Wroxton shown within Oxfordshire
Population 546 (parish, including Balscote) (2011 Census)
OS grid reference SP4141
Civil parish Wroxton
District Cherwell
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Banbury
Postcode district OX15
Dialling code 01295
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Banbury
Website Wroxton Village Web Site
List of places
UK
England
Oxfordshire

Coordinates: 52°04′26″N 1°24′00″W / 52.074°N 1.400°W / 52.074; -1.400

Wroxton is a village and civil parish in the north of Oxfordshire about 3 miles (5 km) west of Banbury. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 546.[1]

Wroxton Abbey[edit]

Main article: Wroxton Abbey

Wroxton Abbey is a Jacobean country house on the site of a former Augustinian priory.[2][3]

Churches[edit]

Church of England[edit]

Wroxton is recorded as having a church in 1217,[4] but the present Church of England parish church of All Saints is early 14th century. A Perpendicular Gothic clerestory and porch were added early in the 15th century. The west tower was designed by Sanderson Miller and in 1748, paid for by Lord North, who owned Wroxton Abbey.[5] All Saints' is a Grade II* listed building.[6]

The tower has a ring of five bells, all cast by Henry I Bagley of Chacombe in 1676.[7]

All Saints' is now one of eight neighbouring parishes in the Benefice of Ironstone.[8]

Roman Catholic[edit]

The Roman Catholic church of Saint Thomas of Canterbury[9] was built in 1894. It is unusual in having a thatched roof.

Methodist[edit]

Goodman Methodist Church was built in 1935 and was a member of Banbury Methodist Circuit. It is now a private house.[10]

Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway[edit]

An ironstone quarry northwest of the village was opened in 1917 and worked heavily in the Second World War. It had its own railway, the Oxfordshire Ironstone Railway, that linked it to the Great Western Railway near Banbury. The quarry and its railway closed in 1967. A newer quarry close by is now served by road transport only.

Amenities[edit]

The North Arms

Wroxton has two public houses and a hotel.

The North Arms in Mills Lane, named after Lord North, is 17th-century with a 19th-century extension.[11] It was controlled by Greene King Brewery. The present owner wants to turn it into a house.[12]

The White Horse in Stratford Road is mid 18th-century.[13] Its proprietors state it was built in 1730 and has been licenced as a pub since 1756.[14]

The Wroxton House Hotel is also in Stratford Road. It is formed from four cottages, dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries.[15] It is operated by Best Western.[16]

Wroxton Church of England Primary School is in Lampitts Green.[17]

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