St. John the Baptist parish church
|Bodicote shown within Oxfordshire|
|Area||4.33 km2 (1.67 sq mi)|
|Population||2,126 (2011 Census)|
|• Density||491/km2 (1,270/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|EU Parliament||South East England|
|Website||Bodicote Parish Council|
The Church of England parish church of Saint John the Baptist has existed since at least the 13th century, and its chancel arch dates from that time. The building has north and south aisles linked to the nave by 14th century arcades of three bays each. 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 replaced it with the current west tower.
The tower has a ring of eight bells, all from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry. The fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and tenor bells were cast by Thomas II Mears in 1843 and the treble, second and third bells were cast in 1974.
Bodicote has a large Church of England primary school. The village has two public houses: the Horse and Jockey and the Plough, and an Indian restaurant: the Spice Room. There are also a hairdressing salon and a post office.
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.
In the early 2000s the District Council's planning department put forward in its Local Plan plans to build a new housing estate on the College Fields adjoining Bodicote and the Cherwell Heights housing estate of Banbury. In February 2006 Cherwell District Council voted to approve the plans to meet a housing target despite a 20,000 signature petition against it. About 1,070 houses are being constructed which will include local shops, a public house, a church, a restaurant, a school and other local services.
- "Area: Bodicote (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 483.
- 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.
- Cherwell District Council
- Bishop Loveday Church of England Primary School
- Bodicote Cricket Club
- South Northants Cricket League
- "Your nearest WI". Oxfordshire Federation of Women's Institutes. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- "4 Housing sites". Banbury and North Cherwell Site Allocations Development Plan Document. Cherwell District Council.
- "The Masterplan" (PDF). College Fields, Banbury Design Code. Cherwell District Council.
- "Oxford – Banbury Service S4" (pdf). Stagecoach in Oxfordshire. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
- Sherwood, Jennifer; Pevsner, Nikolaus (1974). Oxfordshire. The Buildings of England. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 483. ISBN 0-14-071045-0.
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