Wytham

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This article is about the village in Oxfordshire. For the town in Essex, see Witham.

Coordinates: 51°46′41″N 1°18′47″W / 51.778°N 1.313°W / 51.778; -1.313

Wytham
Wytham All Saints exterior.JPG
All Saints' parish church
Wytham is located in Oxfordshire
Wytham
Wytham
 Wytham shown within Oxfordshire
Population 131 (2001 census)[1]
OS grid reference SP4708
Civil parish Wytham
District Vale of White Horse
Shire county Oxfordshire
Region South East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Oxford
Postcode district OX2
Dialling code 01865
Police Thames Valley
Fire Oxfordshire
Ambulance South Central
EU Parliament South East England
UK Parliament Oxford West and Abingdon
Website Wytham Village
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Wytham /ˈwtəm/ is a village and civil parish on Seacourt Stream, a branch of the River Thames, about 3 miles (4.8 km) northwest of Oxford. It is just west of the Western By-Pass Road, part of the Oxford Ring Road (A34).

Wytham was the northernmost part of Berkshire until the 1974 boundary changes transferred it to Oxfordshire. The toponym is first recorded as Wihtham around AD 957, and comes from the Old English for a homestead or village in a river-bend.[2]

The manor of Wytham along with Wytham Abbey (not a religious foundation but the manor house) and much of the village was formerly owned by the Earls of Abingdon. The Church of England parish church of All Saints is a medieval building[citation needed] extensively rebuilt between 1811[3] and 1812[4] by Montagu Bertie, 5th Earl of Abingdon.

Wytham Woods is an area of long-established mixed woodland noted for their high population of badgers and long-term monitoring of great tits. The woods are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The University of Oxford owns the woods and uses them for research in zoology and climate change. The University also has a field station north of the village.

Wytham village and Wytham Woods have frequently featured in the "Inspector Morse" detective novels by Colin Dexter.

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  1. ^ "Area selected: Vale of White Horse (Non-Metropolitan District)". Neighbourhood Statistics: Full Dataset View. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 30 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Mills & Room, 2003, page not cited
  3. ^ Page & Ditchfield, 1924, pages 427-430
  4. ^ Pevsner, 1966, page 314

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