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Bodicote StJohnB southeast.jpg
St John the Baptist parish church
Bodicote is located in Oxfordshire
Location within Oxfordshire
Area4.33 km2 (1.67 sq mi)
Population2,126 (2011 Census)
• Density491/km2 (1,270/sq mi)
OS grid referenceSP4637
Civil parish
  • Bodicote
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBanbury
Postcode districtOX15
Dialling code01295
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
WebsiteBodicote Parish Council
List of places
52°02′10″N 1°19′52″W / 52.036°N 1.331°W / 52.036; -1.331Coordinates: 52°02′10″N 1°19′52″W / 52.036°N 1.331°W / 52.036; -1.331

Bodicote is a village and civil parish about 2 miles (3 km) south of the centre of Banbury in Oxfordshire. The 2011 Census recorded the parish's population as 2,126.[1]


Bodicote was made a separate civil and Church of England parish in 1855. Until then it was part of the parish of Adderbury.[2] The Domesday Book of 1086 records a windmill that stood next to the grove at the top of Bodicote. Sor Brook, which forms the boundary between Adderbury and Bodicote parishes, has a watermill. Bodicote House is a large Georgian house with a number of Victorian additions.[3] It is now the main office for Cherwell District Council.[4]


Church of England[edit]

The Church of England parish church of Saint John the Baptist was a chapel of ease of St Mary the Virgin, Adderbury until 1855. Its chancel arch is 13th-century.[3] The building has north and south aisles linked to the nave by 14th century arcades of three bays each.[3] There used to be a bell tower over the north aisle. In 1844 the architects John Plowman and H.J. Underwood effected an almost complete rebuilding of St John's that included demolishing the old tower and replacing it with the current west tower.[3] The church is a Grade II* listed building.[5]

The tower has a ring of eight bells, all from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.[6] Thomas II Mears cast a ring of five bells (the present fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and tenor bells) in 1843.[7] The present treble, second and third bells were cast and hung in 1974, increasing the ring to eight.[6] The tower has an iron-framed turret clock that was made by John Wise of London in 1700. The clock was renewed and modified in 1843, probably by Thomas Strange of Banbury.[7]


Bodicote Methodist church was built in 1845.[3]


SPAR store and sub-Post Office in Molyneux Drive

Bodicote has a Church of England primary school.[8] The village has two pubs: the Horse and Jockey and the Plough. It has also the Spice Room Indian restaurant, which used to be the Baker's Arms pub. It was built in 1702[9] and latterly was controlled by Mitchells & Butlers brewery. There is a SPAR store and sub-Post Office in Molyneux Drive. Bodicote has also a hairdressing salon.[citation needed]

Bodicote Cricket Club plays in the South Northants Cricket League.[10] Every year since 2000 a group of local volunteers has organised the Bodfest village festival on King's Field. The festival typically takes place in late July and early August and includes live bands, a pig roast and a barn dance. A plastic duck race and raffle are held each spring on the Sor Brook to raise funds for the festival.[11]


In the early 2000s the District Council's planning department put forward in its Local Plan plans to build the new Longford Park housing estate, east of Bodicote village and south of the Cherwell Heights housing estate of Banbury. In February 2006 Cherwell District Council approved the plans to meet a housing target despite a 20,000 signature petition against it. About 1,070 houses are being built along with local shops, a public house, church, restaurant, primary school and other local services.[12][13]

Public transport[edit]

Stagecoach in Oxfordshire bus route B3 runs half-hourly, Mondays to Saturdays, between Bodicote village and Hardwick Hill via Banbury town centre. There is no evening, Sunday or bank holiday service.[14] Stagecoach in Oxfordshire route S4 serves the A4260 main road along the eastern edge of Bodicote village. It runs hourly, Mondays to Fridays, between Banbury and Oxford.[15]

Sundial on the clerestory of the parish church of St John the Baptist

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Bodicote Parish". nomis. Durham University for the Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  2. ^ Lobel & Crossley 1969, pp. 5–44.
  3. ^ a b c d e Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 483.
  4. ^ Cherwell District Council
  5. ^ Historic England. "Church of St John the Baptist (Grade II*) (1277948)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 20 June 2017.
  6. ^ a b Chester, Mike (24 March 2007). "Bodicote S John Bapt". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  7. ^ a b Beeson 1989, p. 32.
  8. ^ Bishop Loveday Church of England Primary School
  9. ^ Historic England. "Baker's Arms public house (Grade II) (1248386)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Division One – 2021". South Northants Cricket League. Play-Cricket.dom. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  11. ^ Bodfest
  12. ^ "4 Housing sites". Banbury and North Cherwell Site Allocations Development Plan Document. Cherwell District Council. Archived from the original on 13 August 2011.
  13. ^ "The Masterplan" (PDF). College Fields, Banbury Design Code. Cherwell District Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 July 2011.
  14. ^ "B3 Hardwick Hill - Southam Road - Banbury town centre - Cherwell Heights - Bodicote" (pdf). Stagecoach in Oxfordshire. 7 March 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  15. ^ "Service S4: Banbury - Adderbury - Deddington - Steeple Aston - Tackley - Kidlington - Oxford" (pdf). Stagecoach in Oxfordshire. 7 March 2021. Retrieved 9 May 2021.


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