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Balscote pub.jpg
The Butchers Arms, with St. Mary Magdalene parish church in the background.
Balscote is located in Oxfordshire
Balscote shown within Oxfordshire
OS grid reference SP3941
Civil parish
Shire county
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
Website Wroxton & Balscote Community Web Site
List of places
52°04′41″N 1°25′37″W / 52.078°N 01.427°W / 52.078; -01.427Coordinates: 52°04′41″N 1°25′37″W / 52.078°N 01.427°W / 52.078; -01.427

Balscote is a village in the civil parish of Wroxton, Oxfordshire, about 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Banbury. Its toponym is sometimes spelt Balscott.


The earliest features of the Church of England parish church of St. Mary Magdalene include a Norman font and an Early English style window. Most of the present church building is 14th century, in the Decorated Gothic style.[1] St. Mary Magdalene's is now one of eight ecclesiastical parishes in the Ironstone Benefice.[2]

Many of Balscote's buildings are of local Hornton Stone. Priory Farm is a 14th-century hall, extended in the 15th century and modernised in the 17th and 18th centuries. Grange Farm is a 15th- or early 16th-century house, extended and modernised in the 17th and 18th centuries. Both houses may have been built by the owners of nearby Wroxton Abbey.[3]

Balscote has one public house, The Butchers Arms, which belongs to the Hook Norton Brewery.[4]

Since 1997 Balscote Village Hall Trust, a registered charity, has been planning and fund-raising to build a community hall.[5] Work started in October and the Timber Structure was delivered on site, this is expected to be ready by early November 2010 after more than 13 years of Fund Raising and Planning. The Structure is being supplied and built by Timberworks Europe,[6] who specialise in Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Timber Buildings for both Domestic and Commercial use.

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  1. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, page 428
  2. ^ St Peter's Church Hanwell: The Ironstone Benefice Churches Archived 18 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner, 1974, pages 428-429
  4. ^ The Butchers Arms
  5. ^ Balscote Village website
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ O'Flanagan, J. Roderick Lives of the Lord Chancellors of Ireland London 1870

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