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Chadlington StNicholas southeast.JPG
St. Nicholas' parish church
Chadlington is located in Oxfordshire
Location within Oxfordshire
Population827 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceSP3321
Civil parish
  • Chadlington
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townChipping Norton
Postcode districtOX7
Dialling code01608
PoliceThames Valley
AmbulanceSouth Central
UK Parliament
List of places
51°53′53″N 1°31′26″W / 51.898°N 1.524°W / 51.898; -1.524Coordinates: 51°53′53″N 1°31′26″W / 51.898°N 1.524°W / 51.898; -1.524

Chadlington is a village and civil parish in the Evenlode Valley about 3 miles (5 km) south of Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire. The village has five neighbourhoods: Brookend, Eastend, Greenend, Millend and Westend.


There is a bowl barrow about 1.5 miles (2.4 km) west of the village. Bowl barrows range from late Neolithic to late Bronze Age, i.e. 2400 to 1500 BC. The barrow is a scheduled monument.[2] Knollbury is a hill-fort 1 mile (1.6 km) northwest of the village. It is a scheduled monument.[3]


Chadlington village existed by the time of Domesday Book in 1086 and may be named after Saint Chad.[4] The present Chadlington Manor House was built in the 17th century[5] and remodelled in about 1800.[6] It is a Grade II* listed building.[6] Lower Court farmhouse was built in about 1700 as the manor house for Westend.[7] It was altered in the mid- to late-18th century and remodelled in the 19th.[7] The house has a Stonesfield Slate roof.[7] It is a Grade II* listed building.[7]

Churches and chapel[edit]

Church of England[edit]

The Church of England parish church of Saint Nicholas was originally Norman,[8] and the blocked head of a Norman window above the north arcade show that the building had a clerestory in Norman times.[8] In the 13th century Early English Gothic north and south aisles were added, with four-bay arcades linking the aisles with the nave.[9] Both aisles still retain some lancet windows from this period.[5] The bell tower was built early in the 14th century in the Decorated Gothic style.[5] A chapel was added at the east end of the north aisle. The chapel's east and north windows in the Transitional style between Decorated and Perpendicular Gothic date it to the chancel about the middle of the 14th century.[5] Later pure Perpendicular Gothic additions include the windows and north door in the north aisle, the present clerestory and nave roof and the chancel arch.[5] In 1870 the Gothic Revival architect Charles Buckeridge completely rebuilt the chancel.[5] St. Nicholas' church is a Grade II* listed building.[10]

The tower has a ring of six bells. Abraham I Rudhall of Gloucester[11] cast the second and third bells in 1714.[12] William Taylor of Loughborough cast the fifth and tenor bells in 1846[12] at the bellfoundry he then had in Oxford.[11] Thomas Bond of Burford[11] cast the fourth bell in 1911.[12] The Whitechapel Bell Foundry cast the present tenor bell in 2006.[12] There is also a Sanctus bell that Thomas Bond cast in 1911.[12] In 2001 the Church of England Benefice of Ascott-under-Wychwood, Chadlington and Spelsbury merged with that of Enstone and Heythrop to form the Chase Benefice.[13] The Parsonage was designed by William Wilkinson and built in 1863.[5] It is now Chadlington House.[5]

Former Baptist chapel, built 1840


Chadlington Baptist chapel was built in 1840.[5] It is now a private house.


Chadlington Methodist church

Chadlington has a Methodist church. It is a member of Chipping Norton and Stow on the Wold Methodist Circuit.[14]

Social and economic history[edit]

Chadlington used to have three public houses, the Malt Shovel, the Tite Inn, and the Sandys Arms.[citation needed] The Tite Inn was closed between 2009 and 2012, when it reopened with new owners.[15] and the Sandys Arms on Bull Hill closed some years earlier.[16] Sir Henry Rawlinson (1810–95) and his brother Canon George Rawlinson (1812–1902) were born in Chadlington.[17] Ivan Cameron, son of former Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister David Cameron is buried in Chadlington.[18]

The Tite Inn public house
Sandys House, formerly the Sandys Arms public house


Chadlington Football Club play in the Witney and District League. It currently has two teams in Divisions One and Four.[citation needed] Chadlington Cricket Club play in the Oxfordshire Cricket Association League.[19] Both clubs are based at Chadlington Sports and Social Club.[20] Chadlington also has a primary school and a playgroup.[21] An annual fun run is held along Coldron Brook: The Great Brook Run. Proceeds of the race, which starts and ends at The Tite Inn, go to the parish primary school. Former Witney MP and Prime Minister David Cameron has taken part in the event.[22]

North front of Chadlington Manor House, built in the 17th century
West front of Chadlington Manor House, added about 1800


  1. ^ "Area: Chadlington (Parish): Key Figures for 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Bowl barrow 525m north of Barter's Hill Farm (1014562)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Knollbury camp hillfort (1015322)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  4. ^ Corbett 1962, p. 20.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 525.
  6. ^ a b Historic England. "Manor House and Attached Walls and Outbuildings (1052835)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  7. ^ a b c d Historic England. "Lower Court Farmhouse (1368038)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  8. ^ a b Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, p. 524.
  9. ^ Sherwood & Pevsner 1974, pp. 524–525.
  10. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Nicholas, Eastend (1368037)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  11. ^ a b c Dovemaster (25 June 2010). "Bell Founders". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  12. ^ a b c d e Davies, Peter (21 January 2007). "Chadlington S Nicholas". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  13. ^ Archbishops' Council (2010). "Chadlington: St Nicholas, Chadlington". A Church Near You. Church of England.
  14. ^ "Chadlington". Churches. Chipping Norton and Stow on the Wold Methodist Circuit 23/04. Archived from the original on 4 April 2010. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  15. ^ "About us (and the Tite)". Retrieved 15 December 2013.
  16. ^ Historic England. "Sandys House (1052832)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 23 January 2012.
  17. ^ R. W. Ferrier, Stephanie Dalley, ‘Rawlinson, Sir Henry Creswicke, first baronet (1810–1895)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, January 2015 accessed 20 October 2016
  18. ^ Pierce, Andrew (3 March 2009). "Ivan Cameron's favourite book read at his funeral". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 8 June 2010.
  19. ^ Oxfordshire Cricket Association 2009[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ Chadlington Sports Club Archived 31 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Chadlington Playgroup
  22. ^ "David Cameron runs in charity mud race". BBC News. BBC. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 28 December 2009.

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